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Journal of College and Character

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Assessing the Effectiveness of Undergraduate Diversity Courses Using the Multicultural Experiences Questionnaire

1Alvernia University

Di You is an educational psychologist. E-mail: di.you@alvernia.edu. Elizabeth Matteo is a social psychologist. E-mail: elizabeth.matteo@alvernia.edu. Both are assistant professors of psychology at Alvernia University.

Citation Information: Journal of College and Character. Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 59–66, ISSN (Online) 1940-1639, ISSN (Print) , DOI: 10.1515/jcc-2013-0008, February 2013

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Published Online:
2013-02-08

Abstract

The Multicultural Experiences Questionnaire (MEQ) is a validated and easy-to-administer tool for assessing individuals’ multicultural competencies (Narvaez & Hill, 2010). The current study examined the utility of the MEQ for assessing the impact of undergraduate diversity courses. A total of 137 students in six university-designated diversity courses participated in this study. The survey was administered in the first and the final week of the semester. Results of a mixed design ANOVA analysis showed students scored significantly higher on the survey at posttest. The MEQ is a valuable tool for higher education institutions interested in assessing the effectiveness of their diversity curriculum.

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