Encouraging Retention, Graduation, and Long-term Success among Minority Male Students

Topics: Community College, Student Retention and Success, Minority Students, Special Populations, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How do institutions encourage minority male student retention, graduation, and long-term success? 
  • How do institutions structure their minority male success programs? 
  • How do institutions create a campus culture that fosters minority male success?


Minority male students across the United States have traditionally had lower rates of retention and college degree attainment than their female peers.  This challenge is particularly pressing at community colleges where many minority males, especially Hispanic males, enroll.  This report explores various strategies for encouraging minority male retention, completion, and long-term success.  Specific areas of research include the structure of minority male success programs, the establishment of campus-wide support for minority male success, developmental education programs, methods of addressing the intersecting and unique challenges of race, gender, and socioeconomic status, and the assessment of minority male success programs.

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