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Opportunity Beyond Affirmative Action: How Low-Income and Working-Class Black Male Achievers Access Highly Selective, High-Cost Colleges and Universities
Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy (2011)
  • Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Kimberly A. Griffin, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Published research on college access, particularly at highly-selective and high-cost private postsecondary institutions, focuses primarily on barriers for underrepresented student populations. Higher education scholars and policymakers have been especially concerned in recent years about stagnant (and in some instances declining) rates of enrollment among Black male undergraduates. Presented in this study are findings from 2-3 hour individual interviews with Black undergraduate men who grew up in low-income and working class families, and later enrolled in one of 18 predominantly white private postsecondary institutions in the National Black Male College Achievement Study. Policies and programs that enabled these men to successfully navigate their ways to and through these colleges and universities are described, and implications for higher education policy are offered.

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Harper, S. R., & Griffin, K. A. (2011). Opportunity beyond affirmative action: How low-income and working-class Black male achievers access highly selective, high-cost colleges and universities. Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, 17(1), 43-60.