Racial Climate Study of African-American Males at UA

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
2:30 to 3:30pm in SU 335
Presented by John Queener, Cierra Whatley, Thomas Vance, and Yvette Lester
The retention, and graduation rates of African Americans at institutions of higher education have received national attention due to the paucity of African American males enrolling and graduating four year institutions. One issue that is related to the retention and graduation rates of African American males is their perception of the racial climate.

The purpose of this presentation is to present findings from a study conducted to identify factors related to African American males perceptions of the racial climate at a Midwestern university. The study was funded by the Knight Foundation. Eighty males participated in eight different focus groups. The results of the focus groups were analyzed using components of Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) and Grounded Theory. The theory that emerged and the implications for practice and research will be discussed.