Minority student perception of Tomball College : implications of how perceptions effect student life and college attendance
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Concerns with minority perceptions of predominantly white colleges are not new to American colleges and universities. This has been an item of interest since minorities were given access to all of America’s colleges and universities. The passing of the Hopwood Act in the State of Texas, the University of Michigan Law School controversy and other race-related issues have effected perceptions of minority students across the country and, more specifically, Tomball College. The Hopwood decision not only caused the dismantling of minority retention programs across the country, but it also set back retention programs in Texas and the rest of the country more than five years. This study has examined the perceptions of a random representative sample of minority students at North Harris Montgomery College District (Tomball College) in Tomball, Texas and has focused on the effect these perceptions have on minority students. Although this study focused on the perception of minority students who attend Tomball College, it can be beneficial to other similar colleges across the country. These perceptions can have an overwhelming effect on whether these students will have the desire to continue their education.
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