ERIC Number: EJ913944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Building an Academic Nation through Social Networks: Black Immigrant Men in Community Colleges
Sutherland, Joanne A.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v35 n3 p267-279 2011
Whether naturalized or native, a nation becomes stronger as individuals embrace opportunities for postsecondary education. President Obama's commitment to community college education through the American Graduation Initiative (AGI) will facilitate increased matriculation into community colleges, encourage students to transfer into four-year institutions, and ultimately create an academically affluent America. Research on students who transfer from community college to four-year institutions discusses this phenomenon from an institutional perspective; however, there is a dearth in the literature regarding how the Black student population, particularly Black immigrant men, engage in the transfer process in the academy. Social Network Theory is the framework through which the experiences of these men from various countries in the African Diaspora were examined during their transfer process in an American public university system. Data analysis revealed three major findings, including the forms of capital that influenced their academic choices and outcomes.
Descriptors: African American Students, Community Colleges, Social Networks, Immigrants, Males, College Outcomes Assessment, Transfer Policy, Social Capital, Phenomenology, Black Studies, African American Education, Ethnology, College Transfer Students, Student Educational Objectives
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A