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Dissertation
A Qualitative AntiDeficit Study of College Persistence and Career Success Lessons Learned from College-Educated Employed Black Male Mentors.pdf
(2013)
  • Dr. Cecil Wright, Saint John Fisher College
Abstract
The purpose of this qualitative, hermeneutic, phenomenological study was to learn how college-educated,
employed Black males’ mentors successfully completed their undergraduate degrees and went on to be
success stories in their career fields. The research focused on college persistence and career success by asking
the mentors to comment about their experiences along four pipeline points (precollege socialization and
readiness, college achievement, postcollege success, and employment postgraduation). The participants for
this study were Black male mentors selected from a pool of active mentors serving Black male high school
students in a one-on one setting at a male empowerment seminar held annually at a private college in New
York in 2009 through 2012. Given the paucity of research in this area, this study used a qualitative research
methodology in order to uncover and understand what lies behind Black male success before, during, and
after college. Questionnaires and interviews were used as instruments to obtain data. The questionnaire
collected demographic data that helped in the selection process. Four interview questions were used to
explore college persistence and career success. The questions asked (a) how family members nurture and
sustain Black male students’ interest in school, (b) how college experiences enable Black males to compete for
careers in their fields, (c) what factors influenced Black male career choices, (d) and if they were employed in
their desired careers. At the conclusion of the study, the researcher provided findings and recommendations
that will help improve college persistence and career success for Black males.
Keywords
  • Black males,
  • Young men of color,
  • Anti-deficit Framework,
  • Qualitative,
  • Mentors
Publication Date
Spring March 6, 2013
Degree
Doctorate in Education
Field of study
Executive Leadership
Advisors
Dr. B. Hargrove & Dr. C. Casey
Citation Information
Cecil Wright. "A Qualitative AntiDeficit Study of College Persistence and Career Success Lessons Learned from College-Educated Employed Black Male Mentors.pdf" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cecil-wright/1/