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ERIC Number: EJ1172621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0151
Resilience, Reconciliation, and Redemption: An Initial Historical Sketch of Pioneering Black Students in the Plan II Honors Program
Reddick, Richard J.; Johnson, Emily A.; Jones, Ashley; Lowe, Tracie A. J.; Stone, Ashley N.; Thomas, James
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v18 n1 p79-108 Spr-Sum 2017
From the inception of the integration of predominantly White institutions in higher education marked by "Sweatt v. Painter" in 1950, The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) has been a battleground for educational equity. The university continues to find itself at ground zero in the battle for race and equity in higher education and embroiled in the debate over affirmative action, first in "Hopwood v. Texas" (1996) and then in "Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin" (2013; 2016). For these reasons, UT Austin serves as a bellwether institution for public, predominantly White institutions (PWIs) when it comes to integration. The legal challenges, coupled with evidence of a challenging campus climate for students of color, reflect the kind of hostility recently reported at Michigan, UCLA, and other public flagship institutions such as Texas A&M, where a group of visiting students from Dallas's Uplift Hampton Preparatory School were racially harassed and taunted by a group of White men and women who told them to "go home" (Heinz). As UT Austin continues to confront challenges in recruiting Black students and maintaining a supportive campus climate for students of color (Jaramillo & Cannizzo), it is important to consider the ways in which the institution has and has not changed in the past sixty years. In addition, it is worth noting that although Black undergraduates began attending UT Austin in 1956 (albeit in small numbers), Black students did not graduate from the prestigious Plan II Honors Program until twenty years later.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Hopwood v Texas
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