Black students fear losing culture at mostly white colleges

07/25/2013 | Huffington Post, The

Black students who attend mostly white colleges are afraid they'll lose their cultural identity, according to a new study from researchers at Angelo State University. Only 20% of black students are choosing historically black colleges and universities, instead attending predominantly white colleges where, in Midwest and Southwest schools studied, they make up only 4.5% to 8% of the student body. "As a group, African-American students wanted to assimilate into their respective universities, but at the same time they expressed a need to maintain cultural independence by segregating from them," the authors wrote.

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