Liberal tolerance among honors college students: A regional comparison

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Gordon Shepherd
Gary Shepherd


Attitudes of liberal tolerance among honors college students and regular students attending a Northern and Southern university were surveyed to test an attraction- accentuation model of higher education. At both institutions honors college students were more tolerant of communists, atheists and homosexuals than were other students. But progressive accentuation of tolerant attitudes by cohort comparisons only occurred in the honors college of the Southern university, which emphasized a sequentially structured humanistic curriculum in a residential college environment that promoted close social ties.

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