Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Serkan Ozbeklik

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This paper seeks to examine the relationship between racial heterogeneity and academic performance and success on a statewide basis. With extensive literature examining the causes and implications of the achievement gap present between white and minority students, I utilized the prior research and focused on how ethnic and racial heterogeneity in states could be a determinant of success or failure of student performance. My results yielded implications that coincided with previous studies – that an increase in the non-white population of a state negatively contributed to expected average academic performance. Additionally, the findings had some implications supporting studies that demonstrate that heterogeneity can decrease economic productivity, trust levels, and inclination to flourish socially, by means of lower expected educational attainment.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.