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ERIC Number: EJ781713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0579
Using Qualitative Methods to Assess Student Trajectories and College Impact
Harper, Shaun R.
New Directions for Institutional Research, n136 p55-68 Win 2007
Researchers have called attention to the racism and stereotypes experienced by black undergraduates on predominantly white campuses; provided evidence of how race-specific organizations and programs help neutralize the oppressive ethos of these institutions; and proven empirically that historically black colleges and universities foster more nurturing and outcomes-rich environments for these students. While the consistency of these findings is interesting, the author argues that institutional researchers have neglected to meaningfully explore additional aspects of black and other students' experiences. As such, sophisticated understandings of how diverse populations of students navigate their ways to and through higher education are warranted. In this article, the author presents five illustrative case examples derived from a study of undergraduates across six institutional types. The author also presents a list of data sources that can be used to assess students' trajectories and reveal the institutional agents, resources, and learning opportunities that left meaningful imprints on their college experiences. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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