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ERIC Number: ED513066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 206
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-9696-9
From Strain to Success: A Phenomenological Study of the Personal and Academic Pressures on African American Male Community College Students
Mosby, John R.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of San Diego
For many African American college students, the challenges to achieve academic success are overwhelming. The disproportionate number of African American male students enrolled in the community college system is of substantial concern because community colleges have not traditionally been successful in producing African American male graduates and transfers at the same rate as their counterparts from other racial and gender groups. Moreover, the pressure for African American male students to choose between academic success and their cultural frame of reference often jeopardizes their chances of successfully completing their undergraduate degree. Consequently, African American males who choose the community college system as their primary path to economic and academic opportunity are often at a disadvantage. This qualitative study examined the experiences of African American male community college students in the context of personal and academic counter-pressures on achievement. Findings suggested key academic, cultural, and social pressures African American men experience had a substantial effect on their academic progress. Since educational access and achievement are linked to economic well-being and social status, and since little is known about the experiences of African American male students in community colleges, this study explored male students' experiences and examined from their perspective how researchers, practitioners, and administrators can best facilitate their success. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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