This is a 5 page paper that provides an overview of student retention for African Americans. A research proposal looks to address the topic and provide strategies for improvement. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
Retention Strategies for African American Students , 3/2011 --properly! Introduction The importance of attending higher education and acquiring an advanced
degree is heavily stressed in contemporary American society. Almost from birth, parents and children are assailed with the message that in order to maximize their successful potential in life, they
have a college education. Such strategies to increase enrollment are all well and good, but getting into a college and staying there are two separate matters. It profits students little
if they enroll in college, take a few courses, have trouble adapting to the lifestyle and then drop out. For this reason, an emphasis is also needed on retaining college
students until graduation, not just soliciting their enrollment. This is a particularly pressing program for certain social and ethnic groups from whom the rate of dropouts from college are particularly
high. This research proposal seeks to establish a methodology for improving the retention of African American college students. Research Question This paragraph helps the student frame the issue
that informs the research question. Studies have indicated that among college dropouts, there is an inordinate number of African Americans (York, 2004). This tendency has been traced back to a
number of causative factors that, if addressed, might help to improve the rate of retention for these students. One of the primary factors is a measurable disparity between the expectations
that African American students have for college versus the reality of the situations they experience there (York, 2004). A survey of 800 four-year public, four-year private, and community colleges conducted
by Noel-Levitz revealed that "African American student satisfaction levels are significantly lower than those of their Caucasian counterparts" (York, 2004). Financial challenges were also cited as playing a major role.