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to begin
To Begin …
  • In the early 1970’s, Black males were among some of the most successful student groups on college campuses
  • In the early 1980’s, the hip-hop culture and rap music were born
  • In the early 1990’s, more Black men were locked in prison or had a legal mandate (probation or parole) with the court system than were enrolled in the nation’s colleges
what is happening today
What is happening today …
  • Black males are attending college in higher numbers, but are not persisting through graduation. Problems affecting Black males are not more severe than others, just different and unique.
  • At Morehouse college … 4-yr. graduation rate is 43%, 6-yr. rate is 67%
  • What is the graduation rate of Black males at the University of Akron?
let s do the math
Let’s do the math …
  • 99 Black male students did not graduate
  • Costs Per Year for one student = 13,562.00 x 4 yrs. = 53,848.00
  • 53,848.00 x 99 students = $533,095.00 lost revenue!
part i
Part I
provide role models
Provide Role Models
  • Continue to hire People of Color
  • Support mentoring groups
  • Create Depts and Offices to provide leadership
address low retention rate between 1 st and 2 nd semesters as well as 2 nd and 3 rd
Address Low Retention Rate between 1st and 2nd semesters as well as 2nd and 3rd
  • MAPS Works – Early Warning System
  • Track and review attrition rates for Black males with a team approach
  • Create exit or “stop out” interviews to collect critical data and pay for the information
  • Build support systems to assist student’s for future enrollment
reduce high rate of academic probation
Reduce High Rate of Academic Probation
  • Closely monitor probationary students
  • Provide more access to tutoring
  • Place holds on accounts to prevent registration
address high suspension rates
Address High Suspension Rates
  • Know the statistics on black male suspension rates that are non-academic
  • Avoid socially unacceptable behavior
  • Avoid acts of Self- Suspension
    • Off campus problems
    • Arrest/Crime/Violence

Student Judicial Affairs

provide specialized sensitivity training for faculty
Provide Specialized Sensitivity Training for Faculty
  • Hire Educational Consultants
  • Attend racial, gender and cultural programs conferences and workshops
    • Faculty should attend programs
  • Incorporate cultural awareness into curriculum
part ii
Part II
  • Should African American male students take personal responsibility for their success in college?
  • Are their efforts being hampered by higher education policies and procedures?
social or peer pressures
Social or Peer Pressures
  • Maturity Level
    • Are you willing to be the lone person to say “No”?
    • Are willing to sacrifice for good grades?
    • Adopt an extended family for support
fraternities and sororities
Fraternities and Sororities
  • Consider being a first semester sophomore before joining because you will be able to better utilize the social network and manage time commitments for social events more effectively
get involved
Get Involved
  • Participate in the whole learning process

A lack of engagement can hurt

    • Buy Your books
    • Be prepared to take good notes
    • Get involved in social-cultural programs
be carful of distractions
Be Carful of Distractions
  • Women
  • Video games
  • The “college experience”
  • Parties
  • Materialism
  • Schedule time for Family/friends
lack of african american classmates
Lack of African American Classmates
  • Who can I relate to?
  • Take a leadership role; create study groups
embrace the right perspective of college
Embrace the Right Perspective of College


Wrong Perspective on College

  • It’s easy
  • Similar to high school socially and academically
  • There are shortcuts to success
  • I can procrastinate and still graduate
  • Set High Expectations
  • Everyone graduates
wear positive attire
Wear Positive Attire
  • Dress for success
    • Dress the way you wanted to be treated
    • Dress for the job you want, not necessary the one you have.
    • Dictate the way people look by the way you dress
    • Dress in a way that people can find it easy to take you seriously
  • Raise our level of self- respect
sometimes we are our own worst enemies
Sometimes We Are Our Own Worst Enemies
  • Stereotypes of Black males
  • Cultural Male Pride
    • Not willing to change
  • Embracing media stereotypes
  • Are we afraid to ask for help because we have never helped anyone?
  • Keeping a tight inner circle instead of reaching out
  • How do African American males perceive African American faculty, staff and administrators?