Author(s)

Cory Boone

Date Approved

9-21-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

African-American college students--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to better understand why African American males struggle to obtain a four-year college degree. A secondary purpose was to analyze the Black male college students' perceptions of success in college and the roles educational leaders played in their attendance and achievement in college. This study also looked at the behavior of the African American males in college. Purposive sampling was used to select participants. Selection criteria included male, African American undergraduate and graduate students attending Rowan University during the 2009/2010 academic year who were student leaders, and doing well in the classroom. Also, selected African American administrators at Rowan University were involved in the study. The findings of the study generally confirmed that success of African American males in higher education is contingent on dealing with ongoing barriers in higher education. The participants believed they had a great experience at Rowan University because they had many resources that aided in their success in higher education.

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