A Comparative Analysis of the College Experiences of Students of Color
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Non-academic college experiences, as well as studentsnull background and personal characteristics, have implications not only for a studentnulls social development, but also for their academic success and future vocational opportunities. While the college experience varies for each individual student, research has shown that the experiences of students of color attending predominantly White institutions differ greatly from those of Whites and other minority groups (e.g. Astin 1982). Studentsnull social experiences are important because they have an impact on studentsnull college careers by affecting everything from their level of comfort to their ability to perform in the classroom. Studentsnull transitions to college, their perceptions of the racial climate, and their social integration, in particular, are of interest because they directly impact studentsnull college experiences, and are likely to vary by racial group. Racial differences in the social aspects of college are implicitly recognized in the organization and structure of college programs as almost all campuses, regardless of their size, have an organization devoted to assisting minority students. These differences can be found in all aspects of the college experiences, but are especially evident in the social realm. In this paper I will examine the various ways in which the social experiences of each minority group are similar to, or different from, those of other racial groups. I will begin with a review of the literature, first concentrating on the studies dealing with the experiences of students of color in general, and then move to those studies that address specific racial groups.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2007
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