ERIC Number: ED477781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
External Research Report on Attitudes and Barriers Impacting the Participation of African-American Males in the University System of Georgia. The University System of Georgia's African-American Male Initiative.
Georgia Univ. System, Atlanta. Board of Regents.
The African-American Male Initiative, a task force of the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents, commissioned a statewide study to explore African American males' attitudes toward college in general and the USG in particular. Designed and conducted by external consulting firms, the study drew on discussions in focus groups and with individuals and a telephone survey of 750 individuals. The research was conducted among several distinct populations of young African American males at or near eight USG institutions. The findings offer clear evidence that many African American males perceive significant barriers to going to college, and these barriers, perceptual, academic, and socioeconomic, began to appear early in their lives. The barriers range from obvious concerns such as poor grades and low Scholastic Assessment Test scores to far more subtle findings about peer pressure, parental and societal expectations, fear of failure, and worries abut money and going into debt to obtain what is, in many participants' views, a credential of dubious value in their immediate sphere. As for barriers to attending USG institutions in particular, respondents offered pithy criticisms of existing recruitment efforts and in general expressed little knowledge about or sense of connection with USG institutions even in their own communities. Appendixes contain tables, the moderator's guides, and the research instruments. (Contains 10 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Blacks, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Males, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys
For full text: http://www.usg.edu/aami/External_Research_Report_and_Appendices.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ. System, Atlanta. Board of Regents.