Retaining African American male college students a qualitative study examining the influence of family support networks as a retention factor /

by Paul-Dixon, Darla Lynn.

Abstract (Summary)
RETAINING AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE COLLEGE STUDENTS: A QUALITATIVE STUDY EXAMINING THE INFLUENCE OF FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORKS AS A RETENTION FACTOR by Darla L. Paul-Dixon There are a limited number of qualitative research studies, which discover the multiple ways in which family influences African-American male students to be retained and graduate from college. This study serves as a contribution to the few which inclusively examines this phenomenon. The 14 African-American male seniors whom currently attend a predominantly white university and a black historical college lend agency through their voices on how family supports have been the dominant retention factor for their persistence to remain in college. Seven themes emerged through their experiences, which describes how families have offered a wealth of wisdom, nurturing, and guidance in many matters of their life pertaining to their mental, emotional, and spiritual essentials. Their experiences provide an advantageous retention strategy, which could be significantly beneficial for faculty, administration, and staff members of higher education institutions, early outreach programs, bridge programs, and last but not least- families of African-American males. Retaining African American Male College Students: A Qualitative Study Examining the Influence of Family Support Networks as a Retention Factor A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Miami University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science Department of Family Studies and Social Work By Darla Paul-Dixon Miami University Oxford, Ohio 2007 Advisor_____________________ (Dr. Kevin Bush) Reader______________________ (Dr. Cheryl Evans) Reader______________________ (Dr. Raymond Terrell) Reader______________________ (Dr. William S. Newsome)
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:african american male college retention graduation family support networks students dropouts


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