Experiences Of Successful Black Males At A Hispanic Serving Community College
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DepartmentCommunity College Leadership Program
ProgramDoctor of Education
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SubjectsUniversities and colleges--Administration
African American men
The purpose of this qualitative collective case study was to understand experiences of Black males who successfully graduated from a northeast Hispanic serving community college. The overarching question that guided this study was: How do the experiences of Black male students who participated in a male initiative program at Pinewood Community College differ from those of Black males who did not? Padilla et al.'s, (1997) local model of successful minority students (LMSMS) was used as the conceptual framework to guide this study. The study explored the experiences of 10 Black men at a Hispanic-serving community college who successfully overcame barriers and successfully graduated. The participants were broken into two groups, five black males who participated in a minority male initiative program and five Black males who did not participate in a minority male initiative program. Data were collected utilizing in-depth semi-structure interviews. The findings from analysis revealed that: 1) Black males at the Hispanic serving community college faced both internal and external barriers that impeded their persistence to graduation, 2) student engagement with similar peers and cohort programs improved persistence and graduation of Black males, 3) Black males who developed and created an internal “family” that encompassed faculty, peers, and staff at the institution were able to persist to graduation, and 4) the lack of organization at the institution was a barrier that Black males had to overcome to successfully persist to graduation. Recommendations for further research developed from the findings included: a) future quantitative research focused on Black male academic success from participation in minority male initiatives; b) future qualitative research conducted to compare the experiences of successful Black males at Hispanic serving community colleges to Black males who do not successfully persist and graduate from Hispanic-serving community colleges; and c) mix method research studies should be conducted on experiences of student population other than Hispanics at northeast Hispanic-serving community colleges and compare them to experiences of non-Hispanic populations at southeast Hispanic serving community colleges for similarities and differences.