Factors Contributing to African American Male Persistence in Higher Education

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Brandon Boston


African American males have unsatisfactory high school and college
graduation rates. This research examines patterns of college
degree attainment for African American males in higher education.
The goal of this research is to see what factors are
most highly correlated to the six-year graduate rates of African
American males from four-year public higher education institutions.
Specifically, this research focuses on the following factors:
college readiness, social capital, and financial aid. This research
analyzes data from multiple primary and secondary sources. The
main argument that the aforementioned factors depress the college
graduation rates for African American males. Further, removing
these barriers should contribute significantly to African
American males completing college at much higher rates.

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