Black Male Success in Higher Education

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Introduction Over the years there has been a significant decrease in the percentage of African American male success in higher education. Not only does this effect society as a whole, but more importantly this effects the African- American community as well. The high percentage of uneducated African- American males will result in increased crime rate, shortened life span and overall hard life. However this epidemic can be stopped by looking at the contributing factors of why there is a decrease in African-American male success in higher education and how to change it. Throughout the paper I will be addressing the issues as to why there are not more black men in higher education, by looking at the contributing factors such as environmental stressors, student’s perceptions, racial identity issues, academic and social integration, family upbringing and the media. The attrition rate of African- American male students could be changed and decreased drastically. Increasing our understanding of these differences would enable us to better meet the needs of young black men. Summary of Articles African- American males have been underrepresented among college students and degree earners for years, however the reason for this is often misconstrued. The percentages of white high school graduates “In 1998-2000 had jumped to 46. However, only 40 percent of African-Americans and 34 percent of Hispanics in the same age group were attending college” (McGlynn, Angela Proviteira). The question then to pose, is why minority students are not succeeding in college compared to Caucasian students, “Only 47% of Black male students graduated on time from U.S. high schools in 2008, compared to 78% of White male students” (Kafele, B. (2012). Not only were... ... middle of paper ... ...e black men succeed in college rather than why many do not. New York Amsterdam News, 103(14), 29. Kafele, B. (2012). Empowering young black males. Educational Leadership, 70(2), 67- 70. McGlynn, A. (2009). Proven Pathways to Success for Minority Students. Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed For Quick Review, 74(9), 42-45. Saunders, J., Davis, L., Williams, T., & Williams, J. H. (2004). Gender differences in self-perceptions and academic outcomes: A study of african american high school students. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 33(1), 81-81+. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/204653132?accountid=28458 Spradley, P., & ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, W. C. (2001). Strategies for Educating the Adult Black Male in College. ERIC Digest. WOOD, J. (2011). Falling through the cracks. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 28(18), 24.
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