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ERIC Number: ED552405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 122
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2679-2472-8
Perceptions of African American Male College Students Persisting in a Predominantly White College Environment
Paine, James
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Saint Louis University
This dissertation examined the perceptions of ten African American male college students persisting in an undergraduate degree program within the state of Missouri. According to Carnegie foundation reports, the campus attended by the ten research participants has a total student population of just over 16,000 students (majority undergraduate & 70% white), is private, highly residential, boast high research activity, is mostly selective and offers bachelors, masters, and terminal degrees in research/scholarship, and professional practice disciplines. The primary research question addressed in the study was: "How do African American male students describe their perceptions of persisting in this predominantly white campus environment within the context of being a minority student. An open call soliciting study participants was posted in numerous areas on campus with high student traffic. Responding research participants were then randomly selected to participate in the study based upon their interest and willingness to be interviewed for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Study participants were asked a series of open ended questions which sought to gather perspective of their perceptions associated with their lived experiences. All interviews were recorded with a digital recording device, and replayed by the investigator numerous times to ensure clarity of data being reported. Data were then transcribed and coded; and reviewed to identify clear emergent themes noted from the experiences that may provide an overall essence of the perceptual experience as reported by research participants. The study found that most participants perceived their race as meaningful to their college experience, and in some ways believed that their minority status made the process of persisting in college more difficult for them than for white students on campus regardless of gender. Research participants also noted feeling both isolated, and unwelcomed in many normative social situations within the campus environment, and in some cases noted feeling unsupported by institutional structures designed specifically to provide academic and/or social support services to the student community. By and large respondents perceived that their persistence experience bore certain embedded obstacles that were specifically and irreversibly tied to their race and gender, and that these obstacles must be successfully overcome. [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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri