The qualitative phenomenological study explored the barriers discouraging African American males from enrolling in graduate programs in one public university in Texas. The purposive sample consisted of 16 African American male college juniors and seniors between the ages of 20 and 25 enrolled at the targeted university. Questionnaires were used for selecting students to participate in one of three focus group discussions. Four major themes emerged in the study: (a) stereotypes, (b) being content, (c) monetary reasons, and (d) standardized test. Based on the responses received in the focus groups, graduate school is not a negative reflection in the African American male mind. Even though all of the participants declined an interest to enroll in graduate school, each participant respected the opportunities enrolling in graduate school could present. African American males just need the incentive to enroll in graduate school. The results of the study might stimulate the minds of African American males and challenge the African American male population to envision the potential for academic endeavors and economic growth.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Black studies, Adult education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||African American males, African-American, Decline to enroll, Graduate level programs, Graduate programs, Men|
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