Opinions and characteristics of Portland Community College black students Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to analyze and describe the opinions and characteristics of black students enrolled in Portland Community College. Data were obtained through a random sampling of two groups of subjects who were invited to participate in the study as follows: (1) Black subjects were 109 students who had completed their registration for the 1970 fall term, of whom 64 were males and 45 females. (2) White subjects were 50 students (33 males, 17 females) who were already attending classes at Portland Community College for the 1970 fall term. The data obtained from white subjects were used for comparative purposes to facilitate interpretation of that provided by black subjects. The subjects completed the Culture Fair Supplementary Form (1966) of the ACE Student Information Form (SIF) at Portland Community College during the 1970 fall term. The basic areas covered by the Student Information Form are as follows: (1) biographical and demographic information (2) educational and vocational aspirations (3) secondary school achievements (4) self-rating of traits and abilities (5) students' appraisal of college atmosphere (6) students' appraisal of guidance received, and (7) students' opinions of moral and sociological issues. To generate the significant differences between the response percentages of subjects, the following comparisons were made: (1) the response percentages of black males with white males (2) the response percentages of black females with white females. Statistical analyses were made by utilizing the t-test of differences between two percents, and simple Chi-square to test differences between the subjects' dichotomous responses and the subgroups. All differences were tested at the .05 level of significance. From the findings of this study, the following conclusions were drawn: 1. That black and white subjects differ, statistically, far less in their academic characteristics than in their psychological and sociological ones, as determined by self-report data. 2. That black students at Portland Community College, on the average, come from a significantly different and lower socio-economic background than do whites, as determined by self-report parental data. 3. That Portland Community College black students' opinions of themselves and general College environment are significantly different and less positive than are the opinions of their white peers. 4. That black students' negativistic attitude toward themselves and their present milieu is related to their lower socio-economic background and to their prior cultural experiences. 5. That black students' perception of the counselor and his counseling role determines whether they will make self-referrals for his professional service. 6. That despite the black students' negativistic orientation, they have certain attributes, such as athletic ability, drive to achieve, and desire for social or economic mobility, that can be utilized by educators in guiding them in actualizing their academic and non-academic potentials.
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