Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Richard L. Roberts


This present study was designed to explore some of the issues and differences of African American males on the campuses of predominantly black and predominantly white institutions. The research closely examined the academic experiences of African American males and the similarities and differences in their co-curricular experience. In addition this study examined some of the major obstacles to survival within the college environment specifically and issues regarding the retention and attrition of African American males.

The data collected for this study were obtained through the use of an interactive qualitative inquiry method. The study was phenomenological in design. The findings in this study revealed that the issues of African American males differed in various areas depending upon the type of school they attended being predominantly White or Predominantly Black. The main area discussed appeared to be academics from males attending the predominantly White institution. They revealed problems with academic advisement as opposed to the problem on predominantly Black institutions being seen as academic instruction and communication. Other Areas discussed were academic motivation, academic attention, employment, student organizations, obstacles, and retention and attrition.

Emerging from the findings were other issues related to African American males that were not directly related to this research. These areas were identified by the interviewees while discussing other matters they felt were important such as peers, diversity, administrative support, and stereotypes.

Limitations were made from this study as well as recommendations that would further encourage others to extend research on African American males in this and other areas.