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ERIC Number: EJ1094096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0091-5521
Examining the Complexity of the Campus Racial Climate at a Hispanic Serving Community College
Cuellar, Marcela; Johnson-Ahorlu, Robin Nicole
Community College Review, v44 n2 p135-152 Apr 2016
Objective: Despite the growing representation of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) among community colleges, relatively little is known about student perceptions of the campus climate at these institutions. Although perceptions of campus climate may differ by race and adversely affect students of color, most research has been conducted at predominantly White institutions and through the use of either qualitative or quantitative methods. The present study examines student perceptions of discrimination and bias among Asian, Latina/o, and White students at a community college that has an HSI designation. Method: Employing a parallel mixed-method design, data were collected through the Diverse Learning Environments survey and focus groups at a community college in the western United States. An ANOVA with post hoc tests and a qualitative cross-case analysis were used to assess perceptions of discrimination and bias across racial groups. Results: Student perceptions differed by race with qualitative and quantitative results complementing and contradicting each other. Asian students reported more discrimination and bias on the survey but only shared positive perspectives in a focus group. By contrast, Latina/o students reported less discrimination and bias on the survey but in a focus group shared both positive and negative perceptions of the campus climate. Conclusion: The findings thus suggest that assessing perceptions of the campus climate at racially heterogeneous community colleges, such as HSIs, should employ mixed-methods to capture a more comprehensive picture for students from different racial groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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