School of Education


Doctor of Philosophy


Eric Lovik


Black Male Persistence, Christian Higher Education, Academic Persistence


Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership


Over the last several decades there has been much conversation, dialogue, and research around the topic of African American persistence, and more specifically African American male persistence within the higher education sector. Studies have shown that there is a major achievement gap among African American and white males. Studies also show that this persistence gap has been sustained over the course of several years. While there has been much research done on the topic, the researcher specifically addressed the persistence gap of African American men within the predominantly white private Christian higher education community. This particular study addresses how faith-based education within a predominately White Christian institution has either negatively or positively affected the persistence of African American males in their pursuit of higher education. The author conducted research that determines whether there is a difference between the academic integration, social integration, and the intent to persist of African American male students and their peers who are of other ethnic backgrounds within predominately white Christian universities. The researcher employed a non-experimental Casual-Comparative research study, using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) in an effort to measure the difference between the independent variables of African American males and all other ethnic backgrounds. The author has encouraged continued research in the area of private Christian education in an effort to ensure equity, equality, and the commitment of African American men. Finally, the researcher used the College Persistence Questionnaire (CPQ) as the research instrument in an effort to produce credible results that can be used in educational research, African American male scholarship, and higher education as a whole.