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ERIC Number: ED563218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 204
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-0331-3
Factors and Characteristics Influencing the College Enrollment, Retention, and Graduation of Black Males
Wilborn, Willie J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
During the past decade, Black male students have been enrolling in college in growing numbers. They have also been dropping out of college, prior to graduation, in high numbers. These trends have generated concern among educators and policymakers about the economic future of the Black community. Despite these concerns, most of the research on this topic has addressed topics tangential to the issues that have an impact on Black male college persistence. The purpose of this study was to talk to Black male college graduates and Black male college dropouts to ascertain their feelings and values about certain college expectations, criteria, and possible obstacles that may exist. A qualitative case study design was employed within a purposeful sample of 16 interview respondents. Six topical areas were examined, based on themes derived from the literature including: academic behavior, self-belief, support networks, and financial resources. Emergent themes regarding grade point average, college preparedness, classroom engagement, financial aid, stereotyping, and support were extracted from the interview data and validated via continuous member checking. A key finding was the ability to differentiate between what helped some Black male students persist and graduate and what caused some Black male students to drop out of college. Results can be used by educational policymakers, academicians, and parents to encourage college completion of Black males. Results also may be used to influence the development of programs that will facilitate education progress. More Black males graduating from college will have a profound positive impact on society and the economy of the Black community. [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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