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Voices from five African American male graduates

Statement of Problem Currently, a disproportionately small number of African American males are graduating from colleges and universities throughout the United States. The academic pipeline begins in Kindergarten and continues in higher education, where more Black males go to prison than to colleges or universities. This study investigates the factors that can promote academic success among African American males. Sources of Data This research study utilizes phenomenology, a type of qualitative research that collects data from personal, narrative interviews to understand a particular phenomenon. This investigator collected data from narrative interviews with five successful African American male graduates of California State University, Sacramento to develop a rich understanding of their choices, challenges, and triumphs. Conclusions Reached This data revealed changes required to support the success of African American males. To support African American males’ success in higher education, there needs to be cultural sensitivity toward African American males’ attitudes regarding spirituality, each department should secure mentors for this population, and financial support should be established in the form of scholarships allowing disadvantaged students a true opportunity to obtain an education.

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