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ERIC Number: EJ808093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0271-9517
How Involvement in African American Student Organizations Supports and Hinders Academic Achievement
Guiffrida, Douglas A.
NACADA Journal, v24 n1-2 p88-98 Spr-Fall 2004
The perspectives of 84 African American students attending a predominantly White institution (PWI) were qualitatively analyzed to identify the conditions under which African American student organizations were perceived as assets and liabilities to academic success. Results indicate that involvement in African American student organizations can hinder the academic achievement of students who value hierarchical leadership styles, service toward systemic change, and leadership experiences over grades. Implications for advising African American students at PWIs are provided along with suggestions for modifying Astin's (1984) theory of student involvement when applying it to African Americans at PWIs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A