Is Anyone Listening? Starting a Conversation About African American Males’ Success in Higher Education
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The Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) is a comprehensive forum on issues of race and ethnicity at Iowa State University and beyond. The local conference is designed to model the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE).
ISCORE seeks to bring the more salient ideas and concepts of the national conference to Iowa State University, add local perspectives, and
- Develop and enhance ISU student, faculty, and staff awareness of racial and ethnic issues in higher education around the country.
- Continue to promote addressing multiculturalism in the classroom and in American higher education.
- Make information, regarding issues of race and ethnicity, accessible to the entire university community and support the university's ongoing efforts.
Research from across the United States indicates that African American males face unique personal, academic, and environmental challenges while striving to attain academic success in higher education. The purpose of this presentation is to evaluate and provide recommendations to improve the current state of African American male academic success at Iowa State, which is defined and assessed through retention and graduation rates. A review of current literature on the topic has illuminated issues faced by African American males at various higher education institutions. Our discussion will highlight the specific barriers to academic success that African American males face at Iowa State using student demographics and responses. Practical solutions will be offered to increase African American male academic success at Iowa State University.