This study aimed to learn what factors influenced the college choice decision-making process of African American male club basketball players in the community college. To understand how the participants determined their educational path, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 21 African American male students who were enrolled in at least six credits and were members of the club basketball team at two community colleges in Virginia.
The study was framed by two college choice theoretical constructs: Hossler and Gallagher's (1987) three-phase model of college choice and Freeman's (2005) model of college choice for African American students. The interview data were collected to answer the guiding research question: How do African American male club basketball players make meaning of their college choice? In addition, three subquestions were answered: 1. How does athletic identity influence college choice? 2. What role do support networks take in the decision-making process? 3. What institutional factors contribute to the college choice decision-making process?
The major themes that emerged from the textual data in this study were the following:(a) value of experience; (b) escape; (c) a caring and academic-focused coach; (d) support network, including self; (e) discounted hoop dreams; (f) He got game?; (g) stepping stone; and (h) second chance.
The findings of the study reveal that basketball is the saving grace for a bad childhood or lack of positive role models in their cultural environments for the 21 African American males studied. They took a passive role in the college choice process and relied on the advice of others for college selection. Their strong desire to play collegiate basketball overshadowed their dedication to academics in high school and in previous colleges. Moreover, the interviews revealed that the participants relied on self for motivation to attend, to enroll, and to persist in college. Results of the study created a profile of African American club basketball players in the community college. Recommendations for early intervention programs in high schools will help African American male athletes develop realistic college choice plans that complement their academic ability and athletic talent.
|Commitee:||Hagedorn, Linda, Swayze, Susan|
|School:||The George Washington University|
|Department:||Higher Education Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- District of Columbia|
|Source:||DAI-A 72/12, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Community college education, African American Studies, Black studies, School administration, Recreation|
|Keywords:||African American males, African-American, Basketball, Club basketball, Club basketball players, College choice, Community college, Men|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be