I remember a conversation that I had with a random young, person that I came across working at the Department of Transportation in Austin who had taken an introductory Ethnic Studies course at UT. I was initially so excited to meet and have this conversation with him, but then he shared that it was one of the worst classes he had ever taken at UT.
Fortunately, the faculty member is no longer teaching at UT. The course and the faculty member's teaching sounded subpar, if not openly hostile, toward the students. He said that that experience turned him off to Ethnic Studies which he did not pursue any further. He said that the students agreed as a group to write a bad evaluation of the professor.
While I was so disappointed to hear this former student's account, it speaks to what this research and findings are about. These courses need to matter every bit as much as any, yet sadly, they are not always treated this way.