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Understanding High-Achieving African American Students: A Quantitative Study at Grand Valley State University
Masters Theses
  • John A. Gipson, Jr., Grand Valley State University
Date of Award
4-1-2013
Degree Type
Thesis
Degree Name
Education (M.Ed.)
Department
College of Education
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to investigate characteristics of high-achieving African American students attending Grand Valley State University (GVSU). A target population of 353 undergraduate students identifying as African American were invited to voluntarily participate in this study. These students possessed sophomore or higher status and maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater at the time of survey distribution. 101 students completed the survey resulting in a response rate of 28.6%. Due to the nature of the survey, descriptive statistics were utilized to report a majority of the results. However, a Chi Square Test of Independence with an alpha level of .05 was utilized, where applicable, to determine significant and non-significant relationships. Statistically significant findings include: that high-achieving African American students who live within one hour of GVSU are more likely to possess a 3.75 to 4.00 GPA; and as GPA increases, one is less likely to consider leaving GVSU. Many additional findings are also discussed. Expanding upon existing research, results from this study suggest that high-achieving African American students are most-frequently participating in the high-impact practices of service learning and internships. Additional expansions and affirmations of existing research are also discussed.
Citation Information
John A. Gipson. "Understanding High-Achieving African American Students: A Quantitative Study at Grand Valley State University" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_gipson/2/