Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Education

Degree Name



Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Trevor Turner

Second Advisor

Dr. Sheila Gregory

Third Advisor

Dr. Barbara Hill


Gaining admissions into higher education is not nearly as challenging as persisting to degree attainment. Promising black students are failing to complete higher education pursuits, but what can institutions of higher education do to reverse this trend, particularly in the HBCU environment, where the average graduation rate is 42% (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 2008)? The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship intent to persist and actual persistence may have with ability-to-pay, socioeconomic status, and other selected variables at a private, highly selective, urban, HBCU. Pearson Correlation was utilized to analyze survey and student record data collected from 245 study participants. The implications of not persisting in education, whether in P-12 or higher education are far reaching and impact individuals as well as communities. This study seeks to identify the variables that most impact intent to persist and actual persistence at a private, highly selective, urban, HBCU.

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