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Guide to the President's Committee to Address Discrimination in the Classroom records, 1982-1989

Summary

The President's Committee to Address Discrimination in the Classroom (PCADC) was created in April 1988 to address allegations of discrimination at Duke and offer recommendations on how to reduce or eliminate this discrimination. PCADC issued their final report in February 1989. The President's Committee to Address Discrimination in the Classroom records include the results of a student survey to assess discrimination, descriptive statistics, PCADC's final report, and other materials.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.03.02.0013
Title
President's Committee to Address Discrimination in the Classroom records
Date
1982-1989
Creator
Duke University Office of the President President's Committee to Address Discrimination in the Classroom
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection includes materials related to the work of the President's Commission to Address Discrimination in the Classroom (PCADC), particularly the results of the student survey conducted by the Commission. Included are completed surveys, compiled survey descriptive statistics, correspondence among PCADC, research materials, responses from other universities on discrimination policies, and copies of the final report. Survey responses and data do not include personally identifying information.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], in the President's Committee to Address Discrimination in the Classroom records, 1982-1989, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

General, 1988-1989
(3 folders)
Box 1
Responses from other Universities, 1982-1989
(3 folders)
Box 1
Survey Sample and Descriptive Statistics, 1989
(2 folders)
Box 1
Survey Responese (Whites, Asians, and Hispanics), circa 1988-1989
(5 folders)
Box 1
Survey Responses (Blacks), circa 1988-1989
(3 folders)
Box 1
Final Report, 1989
(2 folders)

Two copies.

Box 1
 

Historical Note

The President's Committee to Address Discrimination in the Classroom (PCADC) was created in April 1988. Then-President H. Keith Brodie convened the committee as a response to allegations of discriminations against students made at a forum sponsored by the Duke University Black Alumni Connection, and he directed the group to both "determine the extent of discrimination experienced by our students through their interactions with faculty as well as with other students in the classroom" and, if discrimination was found, to "develop a series of recommendations" on "how this University should address this problem."

The Committee was headed by Professor Grant Shockley and included faculty, students, and administrators. The group conducted an extensive survey of students to assess perceptions of discrimination among students of different racial backgrounds. The survey found that black students were much less likely to view race relations at Duke as good than white students, and revealed a gap between perceptions of discriminatory behavior for blacks and whites. Survey results were analyzed and presented in a report to President Brodie, along with recommendations to eliminate racial discrimination at Duke. Recommendations included establishing a complaint procedure for reporting racial discrimination, offering racial sensitivity training, and improving student services that address social, cultural, and academic problems, among other suggestions.

In February 1989, the report and its recommendations were formally endorsed by the President's Council on Black Affairs.

Related Material

H. Keith H. Brodie, President, Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Office for Institutional Equity Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


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Provenance

Transfer, 1990

Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff

Finding aid derived from MARC record, November 2014

Collection re-processed and collection guide created by Tracy M. Jackson, February 2017.