Date Approved

8-1-2003

Embargo Period

5-8-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Monahan, Thomas

Subject(s)

African American male college students

Disciplines

Higher Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the attitudes among African American men concerning issues of retention at a predominantly white college. This study explains issues attendant to the problem of the low numbers of African American males in higher education. Furthermore, this study seeks to identify factors that are successful with keeping African American males in college. The methodology consisted of quantitative (surveys) and qualitative analyses (focus group interviews) that focused on the factors associated with the experiences of African American male college students (N=123). From this exploratory investigation, students identified advisors and counselors, faculty instructors, mentors, and study groups as variables that contributed to their success. In addition, as Mid-Atlantic University is increasing its retention and graduation rates as it relates to African American students there continues to be need for improvement. Findings from this study provide an addition to the needed literature concerning African American men's experiences in higher education.

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