February 27, 2012, 7:55 am
Shaun Harper, my colleague here at the University of Pennsylvania, recently released a major report on black male student success. He has been working on this report and collecting data on black male achievers for years now and this report is the most comprehensive information we have on the topic. Harper pushes back against the deficit model typically applied to black men and most minorities and shows us how these young men achieve success academically, socially, and personally. The report should be read by faculty and administrators across the country and should also be given to students as it offers a sense of inspiration and empowerment.
As someone interested in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) and student success at these institutions, I read the report with an eye toward what it could tell us about black male success at HBCU’s. The black men featured in …
June 24, 2011, 4:13 pm
The College Board, which has been taking quite an interest in issues related to students of color in recent years, issued a new report this week entitled “The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color: Capturing the Student Voice.” The report is based on a study involving more than 90 men of color hailing from nearly 40 different institutions throughout the country. The majority of the men are from the Northeast but significant numbers are also from the West and Southwest with a few from the Midwest and South. The study included a nice mix of Asian American, Latino, Black, and Native American men, with most of them attending either four-year public or four-year private institutions of higher education.
The authors focus on successful men of color, noting that there is much to be learned from their successes and that educators should share this knowledge with other men of color. …
April 20, 2011, 10:16 am
It’s that time of year. Students are scrambling to defend their dissertations so that they can graduate on time. Some students are almost done, printing their dissertations on 100% rag cotton paper. Others, unfortunately, are desperately writing their last chapter, hoping to get it to their committee with enough time for a thorough read. I work with both types of students and everyone in between. Since I became a faculty member in 2000, I have chaired over 35 dissertations. I have learned a lot about what gets a student to completion and what doesn’t.
As someone who cherishes my relationships with students, I often write about how to succeed in graduate school. Today, however, I would like to point out the things students do to block their own success. I should start by saying that I think that we as professors can also block students success, and that just because I’m…