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dc.contributor.advisorMoore, Williamen
dc.creatorHawley, Stephanie Jones, 1958-en
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-01T17:32:07Zen
dc.date.available2011-08-01T17:32:07Zen
dc.date.issued2004-08en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/12715en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis exploration and analysis of Black student perceptions of institutional factors that support and impede their persistence in an urban community college system provide information for college administrators and personnel to use in the development of college policies and retention initiatives. Thirty-four Black students of varying ages and educational backgrounds participated in focus group and individual interviews for eightweeks. Several common supportive factors emerged from the collective narratives: a welcoming atmosphere on one of six campuses and select exemplary faculty and staff on several campuses. Perceptions of common impeding factors included mono-cultural campus climates; ineffective communication methods; under prepared faculty and counselors; a lack of academic support; and limited opportunities for social interaction. Participants’ articulated needs included better-prepared faculty and counselors, enhanced communication; and an increase in opportunities for academic integration and ethnic group social integration within the college system and the community. Researcher recommendations to college administrators included using the organization’s values as a means to develop retention policies, as well as conducting additional qualitative studies to further explore the perceptions of older students and other ethnic minority students.
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subjectAfrican American college students--Texasen
dc.subjectCollege dropouts--Texas--Preventionen
dc.subjectAfrican American dropouts--Texasen
dc.subjectCommunity colleges--Texasen
dc.titleExploring Black student perceptions of institutional factors related to persistence in a central Texas community college systemen
dc.description.departmentEducational Administrationen
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Administrationen
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Administrationen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
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