2013 CIRP Freshman Survey: Diversity Issues
The CIRP Freshman
Survey asks several questions related to students'
attitudes and expectations
about interacting with students from different backgrounds. The information below is based on the responses of fall 2013 incoming first-year students on the Oxford campus of Miami University. Also included are trend data for Miami first-year students for the past 5-30 years and comparison results for students at other highly selective public institutions.
Self-Ratings of Openness to Diversity
Incoming Miami students rate themselves lower on traits related to their openness to diversity than do students at other highly selective public universities. Incoming Miami students rate themselves lower on both their ability to see the world from someone else's perspective and their tolerance of others with different beliefs.
Table 3A: Openness to Diversity
Socializing with Someone of Another Racial/Ethnic Group
Incoming Miami students are less likely than students
at other highly selective public universities to say
that they frequently socialized with someone of another
racial/ethnic group during the past year. Miami students are also less
likely to report that there is a very good chance they will socialize with
someone of another racial/ethnic group in the future.
Table 3B: Socializing with Someone of Another Racial/Ethnic Group
Views on Racial Discrimination
Compared with incoming students at other highly selective public institutions, incoming Miami students are less likely
to report that helping to promote
racial understanding is"essential" or "very
important" to them. The percentage of Miami students who consider promoting racial understanding to be "essential" or "very important" has decreased over the past five years.
Table 3C: Views on Racial Discrimination
Views on Same-Sex Rights
The majority of incoming Miami students agree that gays and lesbians should have the legal right to adopt a child. The majority of Miami students also agree that same-sex couples should have the right to legal marital status (based on the 2012 CIRP). The percentage of students who agree that same-sex couples should have the right to legal marital status has increased during the four years reported (2009 - 2012).
Table 3D: Views on Same-Sex Marriage
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