Spirituality and Academic Success: Perceptions of Black Males in the Community CollegeReligion & Education (2012)
This article presents findings from a qualitative study of academic success factors affecting African American male students in the community college. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 28 African American male students at a Southwestern community college. Findings illustrated that spirituality was a positive factor affecting academic success for some participants. Students responses indicated several ways in which their academic success was supported: (1) spirituality served as a confidant, an entity with whom students could dialogue about issues; (2) spirituality served as inspiration for excellence, the pursuit of which was espoused as an important religious virtue; (3) spirituality provided life purpose, thereby reassuring students of their academic plans; (4) spirituality provided an ability to overcome barriers; and (5) spirituality reduced relational distractions, especially those not aligned with a Christian worldview. Recommendations for practice are discussed that address the need for institutional agents to affirmstudents’ spiritual identities.
- African American,
- Community College,
- Public Two-Year
Publication DateSpring March, 2012
Citation InformationJ. Luke Wood. "Spirituality and Academic Success: Perceptions of Black Males in the Community College" Religion & Education Vol. 39 Iss. 1 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jluke_wood/12/