Gauging Tolerance on US Campuses

In an effort to create a subjective rating of tolerance on college campuses, the Campus Tolerance Foundation, a Carnegie Corporation grantee, has released the findings from a pilot study focusing on the treatment students can expect to face as members of racial, ethnic or intellectual minorities. Read the press release.

In the online pilot survey, conducted at three universities, students report that graffiti and verbal insults aimed at minorities were not uncommon. About one in three respondents reported witnessing these incidents on campus.

The majority of respondents (56 percent) said that the prevalence of intolerance and disrespect toward minorities or other marginalized groups was "sporadic," while 4 percent said it was "pervasive," 15 percent said it was "somewhat common," 16 percent said it was "nonexistent," and 10 percent said they didn't know. Interestingly, 9 in 10 students who said they experienced some form of bias discrimination also said they did not report the incident to school administration or security.

Campus Tolerance Foundation, initially focused on combating anti-Semitism, has broadened its mandate to confront all forms of intolerance as un-American and unconscionable.