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Student perceptions of campus political culture: An examination of recent critiques of American higher education through a case study of the University of Washington

Purdue University
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  • Political Science
  • General|Education
  • Higher
  • Education
  • Political Science


The purpose of this study was to examine university student perceptions of campus political culture, and compare and contrast those perceptions with more objective assessments of campus culture and with recent critiques of American higher education. The claims made in the literature were organized into three categories; silencing, bias, and preferences. Students were interviewed about their perceptions regarding these claims, paying particular attention to issues pertaining to race and gender. Basic information on demographics and political attitudes was also obtained. The objective assessment of campus culture looked at diversity statistics and other factors that might provide insight. The findings showed a tendency to view political conservatives, and ethnic minorities as silenced groups. White males and political liberals were seen as groups that were favored. These results and other interesting findings are discussed in light of the literature and the objective assessment of campus culture. ^

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