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Women of African Descent: Persistence in Completing A Doctorate
FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations
  • Vannetta L. Bailey-Iddrisu, Florida International University
Document Type
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Adult Education and Human Resource Development
First Advisor's Name
Thomas G. Reio
First Advisor's Committee Title
Committee Chair
Second Advisor's Name
Dawn Addy
Third Advisor's Name
Erskine Dottin
Fourth Advisor's Name
Dionne Stephens
  • Women,
  • African American,
  • Non-traditional student,
  • Doctoral Studies,
  • Women Studies,
  • Career Women of African Descent,
  • Graduate Studies,
  • Black women,
  • post graduate studies
Date of Defense

This study examines the educational persistence of women of African descent (WOAD) in pursuit of a doctorate degree at universities in the southeastern United States. WOAD are women of African ancestry born outside the African continent. These women are heirs to an inner dogged determination and spirit to survive despite all odds (Pulliam, 2003, p. 337).This study used Ellis’s (1997) Three Stages for Graduate Student Development as the conceptual framework to examine the persistent strategies used by these women to persist to the completion of their studies.

Citation Information
Vannetta L. Bailey-Iddrisu. "Women of African Descent: Persistence in Completing A Doctorate" (2010)
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