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ERIC Number: ED457815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 30
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African American Student Persistence at Small Colleges in Appalachia: A Qualitative Study.
Littleton, Robert A.
This study, part of a larger study of academic persistence, examined the experiences of 24 African American students who persisted toward graduation at small, predominantly white colleges in the Southeastern United States. Similar studies have primarily focused on large public universities. A qualitative approach guided this study with semi-structured interviews as the primary data source. African American students made up a very small, but significant part of the college environment for the campuses in this study. Among other factors, the research demonstrates the sheer determination and persistence of these minority students, who are, in some cases, a minority within a minority. Through their persistence, characters traits such as motivation, resilience, adaptability, openness, faith, and others can be explored. The study also shows how caring faculty and administrators at these colleges can and do make a significant difference in the daily lives of these students on their campuses. Their love, dedication, and passion for their work were evident to the researcher and were reported by students. (Contains 66 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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