Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A grounded theory of the college experiences of African American males in Black Greek-letter organizations
by Ford, David Julius, Jr., Ph.D., Old Dominion University, 2014, 300; 3580583
Abstract (Summary)

Studies have shown that involvement in a student organization can improve the academic and psychosocial outcomes of African American male students (Harper, 2006b; Robertson & Mason, 2008; Williams & Justice, 2010). Further, Harper, Byars, and Jelke (2005) stated that African American fraternities and sororities (i.e., Black Greek-letter organizations [BGLOs]) are the primary venues by which African American students become involved on campus. This grounded theory study examined the relationship between membership in a BOLO and the overall college experiences of African American male college students at a Predominantly White Institution (PWI). Eleven themes were identified in the study indicating that membership had a positive impact on the college experiences of African American male college students at a PWI. The study also examined the perceptions of counselors and other college student personnel regarding their role in improving the academic and psychosocial outcomes of African American male college students. Participants indicated that their role is to provide academic and psychosocial support for these students; they offered strategies for PWIs to improve the persistence and success of these students. Implications for counseling, higher education, and Black Greek life are provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hays, Danica G.
Commitee:
School: Old Dominion University
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Higher education
Keywords: African American males, BGLO, Black Greek-letter organizations, Fraternities and sororities, PWI, Predominantly white institutions
Publication Number: 3580583
ISBN: 9781321029284
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