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ERIC Number: EJ1251480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0196-5042
African American Student Perceptions of Higher Education Barriers
Davidson, Jillian; Clark, Teresa B.; Ijames, Amanda; Cahill, Ruth Faith; Johnson, Trent
Educational Research Quarterly, v43 n4 p59-70 Jun 2020
This study explored perceptions of African American college students concerning barriers to enrolling in higher education institutions, focusing on a public comprehensive regional university in Kentucky, using interviews and focus groups. The focus of the research pertained to ACT testing requirements, home and school support systems, and the role of financial aid. Data from the interviews and the focus groups suggested the study's findings were consistent with the literature. The findings included that African American students perceived ACT testing requirements, lack of support systems, and access to financial aid as barriers for to enrollment in higher education at a public regional university. While this is a single case study with limited transferability, this research does provide a snapshot of the barriers African American students may face when enrolling in higher education and provide a structure other campuses could use to more fully explore their students' pathway to enrollment.
Behavioral Research Press. Grambling State University, Math Department, P.O. Box 1191, Grambling, LA 71245. Tel: 318-274-2425; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A