Black Students in Higher Education


Stikes describes the academic, personal, social, financial, and racial identity problems of 16 black students on predominantly white college campuses. He discusses the students' attempts to cope, noting developmental changes that occurred as they grappled with their environment; he outlines counseling strategies, teaching processes, and focuses on the policies and practices needed to assist black students.

The 16 case studies represent the spectrum of black students in higher education. Data from these cases form the basis for the construction of a model describing black student development. The model illustrates the continuous, predictable, and dynamic processes involved.

From this model the impact of race and culture is illustrated, showing the qualitative and quantitative difference between black student development and student development in general. Further, the model shows the impact of role models and social factors on students.

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