ERIC Number: EJ825000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
The Role of Ethnic Student Organizations in Fostering African American and Asian American Students' Cultural Adjustment and Membership at Predominantly White Institutions
Museus, Samuel D.
Journal of College Student Development, v49 n6 p568-586 Nov-Dec 2008
Over half of all racial/ethnic minority students matriculating at 4-year colleges fail to graduate within 6 years. One explanation for those low graduation rates is minority students' inability to find membership in the cultures and subcultures of their respective campuses. This study was focused on understanding the role of ethnic student organizations in fostering minority students' adjustment to and membership in the cultures of a predominantly White institution. Data analyzed from individual interviews conducted with 12 African American and 12 Asian American students indicate that ethnic student organizations constituted critical venues of cultural familiarity, vehicles for cultural expression and advocacy, and sources of cultural validation for participants. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: College Students, Subcultures, Graduation Rate, Familiarity, Student Organizations, Asian American Students, Minority Groups, African American Students, Whites, Educational Environment, Cultural Differences, Student Adjustment, Cultural Awareness, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Advocacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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