Measuring Racial Differences in Student Satisfaction Levels at Different Types of Colleges and Universities

The Noel-Levitz Consulting Group recently surveyed a large group of college students for its 2007 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report. The survey asked the students to rate their overall satisfaction with their experience at the college or university where they are enrolled.

The results show that at public four-year colleges and universities, 58 percent of all white students said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their experience. Only 38 percent of black students said they satisfied or very satisfied. At four-year private colleges and universities, 58 percent of whites and 43 percent of blacks responded that they were satisfied.

But black student satisfaction jumped significantly at two-year community colleges. At these educational institutions, 62 percent of whites and 58 percent of blacks indicated overall satisfaction.