Date of Award
University or Center
Clark Atlanta University(CAU)
School of Education
Dr. Barbara Hill
Dr. Moses Norman
Dr. Trevor Turner
The purpose of this research is to quantify the general beliefs of African- American males currently enrolled in college regarding selected factors that may have a substantial impact on their retention in college and persistence toward graduation. The factors selected were secondary preparation, institutional social adjustment programs, personal support from faculty and staff, academic support, parental expectations and involvement, financial aid, economic return on investment, and extracurricular activities. These factors were selected by the researcher because they were salient themes in research by previous researchers such as Robertson (2008), Eaves (2009), Freemen (2005), Harper (2012), Valbrun (2011) and many others. The researcher gathered quantitative data using an instrument the researcher designed with the assistance of the dissertation committee from 605 participants from five 4-year higher-education institutions. Of the five 4-year institutions used by the researcher 2 were private Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), 2 were public Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs), and another was a private research based PWI. The researcher classified the data collected by academic classification and the institution the participants attended. By classifying the data in this manner it allowed the researcher to observe similarities and differences in this demographic by academic classification and the type of institution they attend. This allows for a more balanced representation of this particular demographic currently enrolled at the undergraduate level.
Dupree, Ravenell Christopher, "An investigation of the belief system held by
African-American male college students
regarding the influence of selected variables
upon their retention and persistence toward
graduation" (2012). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 360.