ERIC Number: ED477444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
A Qualitative Study of African American Student Persistence in a Private Black College.
Latiker, Tony T.
This study addressed a void in the current literature by identifying and describing positive and negative influences on the persistence in school of African American students attending a private black college (PBC). Four students participated in the study: four males and one female. There were six formal interviews in all, with each subject participating in at least one interview. Findings suggest that African American student persistence is most greatly affected by student experiences and the interactions that occur within the PBC environment or are facilitated by the PBC environment. One of the major socializing agents on PBC campuses is the faculty/staff. Being involved in campus life is also an integral part of African American student persistence. The two factors that most negatively impacted persistence were the physical appearance of the campus and the living conditions of the students. Although the PBC environment cannot be duplicated easily at larger, predominantly white institutions, persistence can be enhanced by taking into account the importance of relationships and participation. (Contains 38 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).