Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

MA Higher Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Second Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth


African American male college students


Higher Education


The primary purpose of this study was to better understand the struggles African American males encounter in higher education. A secondary purpose was to analyze the social and academic struggle African American males face at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. This study also looked at the past, present and future of the African American males selected to participate in this study. Convenience sampling was used to select participants. Selection criteria included male African American undergraduate students, who have sufficient grades and enrolled full time at Rowan University during the 2015-2016 school year. A total of 376 surveys were distributed with 190 completed for a return rate of 50.53%. The survey used for this study contained a total of 78 items which were divided into three parts (Demographics, Cross Racial Attitude Scale, General Campus Climate). The study found that a majority of the subjects encountered racial experiences of some form at Rowan University. Also, the study found mixed responses regarding their racial attitudes.