The Michigan Student Study (MSS) captures student attitudes, perceptions and experiences with diversity – including but not limited to race – as well as their experiences with the general educational enterprise and learning outcomes at Michigan. It spans topics from precollege diversity experiences to satisfaction with the academic and social spheres at UM; interracial peer interactions and friendships; perceptions of interracial tension; faculty interactions; mentoring relationships; and perceptions of the classroom climate, to name a few.
Collectively, the Michigan Student Study research effort is unusual in that it represents one of the few times that researchers have tracked the impact of diversity on students from the time that they entered through their four years in college, and even, many years postgraduation. The study instrumentation included many items specific to diversityrelated attitudes and behaviors, but also included numerous questions on the more general educational and developmental issues students face. The benefits of this balance is that the MSS permits a broader analysis of the relationship of experiences with racial/ethnic diversity to general educational outcomes than has been possible in most other research studies on college students.
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