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ERIC Number: EJ791276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Leading the Way: Inside the Experiences of High-Achieving African-American Male Students
Harper, Shaun R.
About Campus, v10 n1 p8-15 Mar-Apr 2005
More than two-thirds of all African American males who begin college never finish. This and a legion of other discouraging facts about African American males are the usual headlines. Sharon Fries-Britt suggests that "the disproportionate focus on Black underachievement in the literature not only distorts the image of the community of Black collegians, it creates, perhaps unintentionally, a lower set of expectations for Black student achievement" (p. 556). In this article, the author introduces a group of African American men who have exceeded these expectations and exemplify what Americans hope for in all undergraduates: an enthusiastic commitment to learning, active engagement, citizenship, and the acquisition of practical competencies. By sharing their stories, the author attempts to expand the understanding of African American male collegians by providing insight into the experiences of high-achieving student leaders. Specifically, he shares the impetus for their active engagement outside of the classroom; highlights some of the outcomes that accrued as a result of their leadership in student organizations and participation in campus activities; and describes the ways in which the investment of their out-of-class time enhanced their overall experiences at predominantly white institutions (PWIs). (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Michigan; Ohio