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ERIC Number: ED569005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 166
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3038-7855-8
Experiences of African American College Graduates
Green, Aundria Chephan
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
The purpose of this study was to explore the reasons that African-American alumni from a historically Black university (HBCU) and a predominantly White university (PWI) chose to attend, remain in, and graduate from college. The central research question was how do African Americans describe their college experiences? The secondary research questions were (a) What led the participants to attend college? (b) What led the participants to persist in college? (c) What led the participants to graduate from college? and (d) How was race described by the participants? Thirty-seven African-American graduates from a historically Black university (HBCU) and a predominantly White institution (PWI) were interviewed in the qualitative study. Analysis of the transcripts led to five themes challenges, support, race, personal knowledge, and involvement. Findings of the study indicated that (a) Financing college was a major concern. Participants selected their institution based on financial aid/scholarships they received; (b) Having a support system was an important component of college completion for the participants; (c) Campus climate played a role in the African Americans' interactions with others on campus; (d) Participants experienced growth when provided opportunities to become more self-aware; and (e) Participation in on-campus activities kept the participants engaged, and exposed them to new people and cultures. [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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