Date Approved

6-24-2016

Embargo Period

6-27-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Second Advisor

Walpole, Marybeth

Subject(s)

College students--Cultural competence; College students--Ethnic identity

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to gauge the attitudes of selected undergraduate students toward their ethnic identity, cultural knowledge, and cultural accountability at Rowan University. This study was conducted in the spring 2015 semester; freshmen residing in the Chestnut residence hall and seniors residing in the Rowan Boulevard apartment complex were surveyed. There was a total of 260 subjects surveyed over the course of three weeks. The subjects reported generally positive attitudes regarding their ethnic identity, cultural knowledge, and cultural accountability. The findings of this study revealed that Rowan University students indicated positive attitudes regarding their ethnic identity, cultural knowledge, and cultural accountability. Mean scores were lowest in the cultural accountability factor grouping and highest in the cultural knowledge factor grouping. Statistically significant correlations were not found among the demographic variables class rank and race and the three factor groupings ethnic identity, cultural knowledge, and cultural accountability; however, the results of this study suggest that the subjects have a generally positive attitude toward their ethnic identity, cultural knowledge, and cultural accountability.

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