While the admissions rate for Black students is now equivalent to that of White students, there is still a large gap in persistence and graduation rates. Among Black students there is a significant graduation rate gap between Black male and female students. The writer used a qualitative research design to make preliminary observations of the decisions to persist in college of a small sample of first-generation African American male students. As students in a Christian university, the dominant role of faith in decisions to persist emerged as an important theme.
Asplund, Larry K.
"Understanding the role of faith in decisions to persist in college for first-generation Black male students,"
Christian Perspectives in Education, 3(1).
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