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ERIC Number: ED566755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 343
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ISBN: 978-1-3394-7891-3
Perceptions of the Influence of Black Greek Affiliation on Involvement, Engagement, and Persistence on Black Male Student Success: Differences between a Historically Black University and a Predominantly White Institution
Flowers, Eric D.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
While there is research on the impact of Greek Letter Organization membership on college student engagement and success, the focus is primarily on the experiences of White students with mixed results. The findings in these studies include lower moral and cognitive development and less concern for social issues than their non-Greek counterparts. However, other research has identified potentially positive outcomes associated with Greek membership, including increased opportunities for leadership development and higher levels of student involvement. In particular, participation in Black Greek Letter Fraternities (BGLFs) has consistently been found to be the most popular avenue for African American men as a mechanism for increased academic success and leadership development. This qualitative comparative multiple case study examines the experiences of African American men who are members of a Black Greek Letter Fraternity at a Predominantly White Institution and a Historically Black University in the American South. Data were collected through interviews with 12 students and 2 Greek-Life administrators. The interview protocols were based on the conceptual framework for the study, which consisted of pre-college conditions, individual factors, and organizational factors variables theorized to affect student success. The findings include emerging issues, provide implications for the original conceptual framework, and suggest implications for theory. [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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