Segregation And Segregation

argumentative Essay
1305 words
1305 words

Today, the United States is still a racially segregated society. Getting into college is the first step in a student’s postsecondary educational journey, an academically strong start in college is the second because grades can either expand or limit opportunities for successfully completing a college degree . College students face many obstacles throughout their pursuit of higher education. Racial Segregation can affect college academic performance in a variety of ways. Segregation represents a major structural feature influencing success in college. Segregation experienced in childhood can influence later academic performance through a rage of channels. Segregation has other, more contemporaneous influences on academic performance. Massey …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that racial segregation can affect college academic performance in a variety of ways.
  • Explains how the national longitudinal survey of freshmen examines the long-term consequences of childhood segregation on academic performance.
  • Explains that the national longitudinal survey of freshman suggests that segregation may have continuing negative consequences for students, even those who live in privileged segments of american society.
  • Analyzes the segregation of college students within the framework of social energy theory.
  • Concludes that school racial segregation is a key source of academic achievement disparities between black and white students in the contemporary united states.

“Because such neighborhoods display much higher concentrations of poverty and greater rates of disorder and violence, and because African-American college students are disproportionately connected to people living in such neighborhoods, they are at much greater risk of experiencing stress indirectly through their social networks” (Charles, Dinwiddie, & Massey (2004). Racial segregation undermines academic performance in several ways: by distracting students psychological being from their studies; by undermining their physical and emotional well-being; and by necessitating competing investments of time, money, and energy to attend to family issues. Minority students become ensnared in a web of relationships that undermine their academic performance on campus …show more content…

In Lewis study, he examines the segregation of college students within the framework of social energy theory. “I hypothesize that despite institutional claims of diversity, students will be segregated along racial lines” (Lewis 2011). To study the segregation of college students, he conducted a case study of “Southtown University”. Southtown University prides itself on being institution of higher learning that retain a high-level diversity. Lewis study, “ Why are students segregated along racial lines?” He conducted personal interview within 25 third- fourth-year students of varying racial backgrounds, inquiring about their social interactions and experience at Southtown (p. 277). “The numbers and the interviews from this study do not tell a happy story for those who claim success in integrating institutions of higher learning”. This study heighted segregation in several areas: students were racially segregated in their residence patters, their friendships, and the people they eat lunch with. The patterns of segregation are clear: blacks are most isolated from majority student culture, including both socially and residentially, followed by Hispanics who are not isolated residentially by fairly socially isolated. Based on Lewis study, it is clear that as long as social distance between races remains, college students will remain segregated. As evidence in the interviews, social distance

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