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ERIC Number: ED568044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 151
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3395-3096-3
Counterstories: Urban Black Students' Perceptions of How Faculty Influence Their Academic Success at a Small, Rural, Predominately White Liberal Arts College
Ansorge, Vicki I.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Edgewood College
The purpose of this qualitative study was to expand knowledge about the needs of urban Black undergraduate students by exploring their perceptions of the impact of faculty interactions, in and out of the classroom, at a small rural predominately White institution. Study participants were full-time undergraduate students who self-identified as Black or African American and who were attending college for their second or subsequent semester. The primary data source was structured interviews conducted in the spring of 2014. Data sources also included observation notes and demographic information from the university database. Through the lens of Critical Race Theory, this study explored the perceptions participants had of the impact of faculty engagement on their academic success. The seven findings in this study strongly indicate that these participants saw personal connections, especially with faculty, as influencing or hampering their academic success. Recommendations included enhancing campus support for urban Black students, demonstrating a commitment to support diversity efforts, more fully embracing the college value of community, providing a safe haven for students to report problems, maintaining access to college leadership, and encouraging greater faculty engagement. [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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