Improving college access and success among Black males is a major policy issue in the United States. Despite years of considerable effort and investment of sizable resources, Black men today account for only 4% of total student enrollment at 4-year postsecondary institutions, the same percentage now as in 1976. Furthermore, two thirds of Black men who start college never finish and over 50% of Black men begin their postsecondary careers at 2-year community colleges but leave before completion. The lack of Black male success in higher education, as well as the virtual invisibility of Black male persisters, has turned the attention of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to identifying effective strategies for ensuring student success.
In response to these challenges, Drs. Robert Palmer, J. Luke Wood, Elon Dancy, and CHEE Director, Terrell Strayhorn, have published a new book: “Black Male Collegians: Increasing Access, Retention, and Persistence in Higher Education.” This 168-page volume is organized into four major sections: Setting the Foundation, Getting to College, Critical Factors, and Future Implications. Beyond highlighting key findings from contemporary research on Black men in college, the book offers clear recommendations and proven strategies to help advance success among Black males. Readers will appreciate the book’s empirical base and cogent analysis of national trends, as well as its coverage of diverse institutional types including historically Black colleges and universities, community colleges, and predominantly White institutions. All and all, the book breaks new ground on the institutional policies, programs, practices, and other factors that encourage the success of Black men in postsecondary education.
This new book by Palmer, Wood, Dancy and Strayhorn is the 3rd issue of the 40th volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph is “the definitive analysis of a tough higher education issue, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication,” as stated on the publisher’s website.
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