Improving Persistence and Completion Rates of Black/African American Male Students at Iswa Lake Community College

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Degree Name

Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations


Department of Educational Administration


James Olive


The lived experiences of Black/African American male students at a suburban community college in North Carolina were explored in this qualitative narrative study. Institutional data from the North Carolina Community College System revealed these students had the lowest percentages of persistence toward degree completion and of graduation. In an attempt to understand the factors affecting these students’ daily experiences on campus that may contribute to these education gaps, five students and former students were interviewed during semi-structured narrative interviews. The stories shared by these students during their interviews, in combination with the literature review, led to the suggestion of the creation of a mentorship program as a potential strategy in alleviating the education gaps.


African Americans, Community College Education, Community Colleges, Education, Educational Leadership

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