Date of Award

4-1981

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Department

Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Charles Warfield

Second Advisor

Dr. Leroy Ray Jr.

Third Advisor

Dr. James Sanders

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify problems and issues facing special programs specifically for minority students in public four year higher education institutions within the state of Michigan and to describe any relationships existing between the number of problems and issues they face and the variables of (1)recruitment ability, (2)admission ability, and (3)organizational position within the institutions.

A developmental purpose of this study was to propose an up-to-date compendium covering all of the special programs currently operating within public four year higher education institutions within Michigan. This by-product will be shared not only with study participants, but with local and area high school counselors as well as the Department of Education for the state of Michigan in the hope they might undertake responsibility for distribution of the compendium to their educational sources (i.e. junior colleges, community colleges, alternative educational agencies et cetera).

All fifteen (15) public four year higher education institutions in Michigan comprised the study population. A survey questionnaire was designed and pilot tested on participants of a National Workshop on Retention and Recruitment of Minority Students in Atlanta, Georgia in 1979, as well as some local and regional private and community/junior colleges.

The data collected via the survey questionnaire indicated: The number of problems facing special programs was low, and generally problems tended to fall into the categories of insufficient funds, insufficient personnel, and concern about institutional commitment. The data further indicated little relationship between the number of problems and the variables of recruitment ability, admission ability, and organizational position within the institution.

The data additionally revealed that there were thirteen (13) special programs currently functioning at nine (9) of the fifteen (15) public four year higher education institutions within the state of Michigan.

In summary, the findings of the present study discovered: (1)The number of problems facing special programs is small and tends to be centered on funding, personnel, and institutional commitment; (2)there is little relationship between the number of problems facing special programs and the variables of recruitment, admission, and organizational position within the institution, and (3)there are currently thirteen special programs for minority student in nine of the fifteen public four year higher education institutions of Michigan. The Compendium of Special Programs developed as part of this study provides considerable detailed information about the characteristics of each of the thirteen current special programs.

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Dissertation-Open Access

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