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Michigan Student Study: Opinions, Expectations, and Experiences of Undergraduate Students, 1990-1994 (ICPSR 4027)

Principal Investigator(s): Gurin, Gerald, University of Michigan; Matlock, John, University of Michigan


The Michigan Student Study was designed to examine the factors that influence students' intellectual responses to issues of racial and ethnic diversity. The focus was not only on the attitudes and experiences of students of color (Asian American, Latino/Hispanic, African American and Native American students) but on the contribution of diversity to the broader intellectual experiences of White students as well. The longitudinal design of the Michigan Study allowed for consideration of what students bring to the university at entrance, as well as documenting important changes as they move toward graduation. One set of questions addressed the general undergraduate experience of students at the University of Michigan, the positive and negative aspects of their experiences with faculty, interactions with fellow students, extracurricular involvements, reactions to their academic and intellectual experiences, and how similar or different the experiences of students of different racial/ethnic backgrounds were. Another set of questions dealt with the racial "climate" on campus, the degree of racial tension, the students' perceptions of and responses to the University's commitment to multiculturalism and diversity, the perceptions and views that students brought to the campus and how much they were affected and changed by their experiences at the University of Michigan, the positive aspects and specific arenas of concern for the various groups of students around multiculturalism, and the relevancy of the University's commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.

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Study Description


Gurin, Gerald, and John Matlock. Michigan Student Study: Opinions, Expectations, and Experiences of Undergraduate Students, 1990-1994. ICPSR04027-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04027.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04027.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cultural diversity, education, educational environment, educational opportunities, educational populations, ethnic groups, ethnic identity, minorities, race relations, racial attitudes, student attitudes, student behavior, university students

Geographic Coverage:    Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990--1994

Unit of Observation:    Individuals

Universe:    Students entering the University of Michigan as undergraduates in the fall of 1990.

Data Type(s):    survey data, and administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Copies of all papers written on the basis of these data should be sent to John Matlock. (2) Related information can be found at Michigan Student Study, http://www.umich.edu/~oami/mss/index.htm.


Sample:    Respondents to surveys sent to students in the fall of 1990. The random sample of White students in the follow-up survey was chosen in a ratio of 3 to 2 of respondents and nonrespondents of the Entrance Survey (Fall 1990).

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires and registrar data

Response Rates:    57 percent: fall 1990, 60 percent: winter 1991, 52 percent: winter 1992, 73 percent: winter 1994


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-10-08

Version History:

  • 2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.
  • 2004-11-11 The codebook for this study has been updated to include a processing note, to remove identifiers found in the documentation, and to include updated variable value descriptions in the List of Variables.


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