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Educational Outcomes Alumni Survey
Survey Results
 03/07/96



MINORITY - NON-MINORITY DIFFERENCES

Ethnic code status of sample:

  • White American not Puerto Rican       92%
    Black American not Hispanic            3%
    Asian American or Pacific Islander     2%
    Hispanic American not Puerto Rican     1%
    Puerto Rican                           1%
    Other (foreign, American Indian...)    0%
    Missing data                           1%
    
    ---------------- ---- Total 100%
  • N is too small to permit analysis by individual ethnic group.
  • Results are for all minorities (N=40; 8% of sample, 5% of respondents)
  • Non-minority response rate 33% (896/2,722)
  • Minority response rate 17% ( 40/237 )

Minority - non-minority results are similar in many ways; interesting differences follow.

Functioning in a culturally diverse society

White           Minority
-----           --------
Importance           4.0               4.5
Effectiveness        3.3               3.2
"Gap"                -.7              -1.3
(Other large “gap” factors were similar for white and minority alumni: speaking, writing, computers, making moral decisions)
White          Minority
-----          --------
Worked on a project using a computer                   3.9              4.4
Worked on a project with another student               3.6              3.9
Went to museums, concerts, or exhibits                 2.7              3.0
Volunteered for community service                      2.1              2.5
White           Minority
-----           --------
Know zero faculty members well enough to ask for       15%              8%
a letter of recommendation
Average "effectiveness" for 19 items                   3.5              3.5
If starting college again, would attend Penn State     84%              68%

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