Stephen Fortson (Committee Member), Suzanne Franco (Committee Chair), Dana Patterson (Committee Member)
Master of Arts (MA)
The purpose of this research study was to examine the barriers African American males face in higher education and the factors that promote academic success. This study focused on African American males who attended a large Midwestern public university.Their perceptions were collected through multiple interviews. The interviews were transcribed and coded for themes. In examining the perceptions of African American males it was found that the barriers they face (academic preparedness, transition into the instructional environment and identity development) and the factors that promote academic success (peer group influence, student involvement and mentoring relationships) at the research institution are similar to the barriers African American males face and the factors that promote academic success according to the literature (Bonner, et. al., 2006). Recommendations include exposing African American males to the campus environment prior to enrollment, strategically advising African American cultural student organizations. Future research should include conducting more in-depth interviews with a more diverse group of African American males.
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Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations
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