The Black Student Experience at W&L (Report)
McAhren, Robert W.
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How do black students experience Washington and Lee? . . . To investigate in greater depth, a large section of the 1997 Senior Exit Survey examined student attitudes towards women and minorities, especially blacks and gays and lesbians. At the same time, and as a counterpart to the Senior Survey, we interviewed all W&L students who identified themselves to the Registrar as black. We sought information descriptive of the undergraduate black student experience at W&L and ways that experience differed from that of white students. A small subcommittee consisting of Dean Anece McCloud, Professors Ted DeLaney and David Novack and students Mogana Richards and Robert Taylor met to draw up the questions and discuss how to conduct the interviews. After this group decided that having a white interviewer would pose no problem, Jennifer Ashworth interviewed 40 undergraduate students from all classes, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior; this population included 34 American and six international students, 17 men and 23 women. The process of transcribing these tape recorded interviews and coding them for data entry and analysis has taken longer than expected, hence the delayed appearance of this report. Nevertheless, this report provides important baseline information. We hope in the future to repeat these questions with a new student population. [From Chapter 1]