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ERIC Number: ED466742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 153
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Survival Strategies of African-American Women in Community Colleges.
Johnson, Terri Lynn
This qualitative dissertation examines the survival strategies of African-American women attending a community college. It identifies specific intervention strategies that will improve the quality of such women's collegiate experience and will facilitate persistence. A portraiture research methodology was used to collect data on 10 participants attending a community college. The participants varied by age, program of study, marital status and motherhood. The results of the study indicated that the participants used seven major strategies to survive in a community college: support from family members; assuming responsibility for one's own success; spirituality, or the belief in the redeeming power of a supreme being; support from within the institutional climate of the college; employment needs and academic aspirations; financial investments and obligations; and encouragement of friends and others during college matriculation. Recommendations for intervention and support based on the research findings were also provided: (1) creating orientation programs for African-American women; (2) developing a mentorship program; (3) designing support groups; (4) assigning students "life advisors;" (5) recruiting African-American administrators, faculty, and staff; (6) conducting workshops and mini-courses on survival strategies, and (7) developing arts and speakers series of African-American women. Appended are the participant letter and interview protocol. (Contains 110 references.) (RC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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