1st Edition

Advancing Black Male Student Success From Preschool Through Ph.D.

Edited By J. Luke Wood, Shaun R. Harper Copyright 2015
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    Advancing Black Male Student Success presents a comprehensive portrait of Black male students at every stage in the U.S. education system: preschool and kindergarten; elementary, middle and high schools; community colleges and four-year postsecondary institutions; and master’s and doctoral programs. Each chapter is a synthesis of existing research on experience, educational outcomes, and persistent inequities at each pipeline point. Throughout the book, data are included to provide statistical portraits of the status of Black boys and men. Authors include, in each chapter, forward-thinking recommendations for education policy, research and practice.Each chapter is a synthesis of existing research on experience, educational outcomes, and persistent inequities at each pipeline point. Throughout the book, data are included to provide statistical portraits of the status of Black boys and men. Authors include, in each chapter, forward-thinking recommendations for education policy, research and practice.Most published scholarship on Black male students blames them and their families for their failures in school. This literature is replete with hopeless, pathological portrayals of this population. Through this deficit thinking and resultant practices, Black boys and men have continually experienced disparate outcomes. This book departs from prior scholarship in that the editors and authors argue that much is done to Black male students, which explains their troubled status in U.S. education. In addition to the editors’ expertise on the topic, the authorship cast includes several scholars who are among the most respected thought leaders on Black male students in education.

    1 Expanding High-Quality Early Care and Education for Black Boys David J. Johns 2 Making Relationships Work Elementary-Age Black Boys and the Schools That Serve Them Chezare A. Warren 3 Black Boys in Middle School Toward First-Class Citizenship in a First-Class Society Dorinda Carter Andrews 4 Black Male High School Students (Un)Accepted Failure in U.S. Schools Terry K. Flennaugh 5 Black Male Collegians in Community Colleges Factors Affecting Their Persistence and Academic Success J. Luke Wood, Edward Bush, Terence Hicks, and Hassiem A. Kambui 6 Understanding the Unique Needs and Experiences of Black Male Subgroups at Four-Year Colleges and Universities Mauriell H. Amechi, Jonathan Berhanu, Jonathan M. Cox, Keon M. McGuire, Demetri L. Morgan, Collin D. Williams Jr., and Michael Steven Williams 7 Black Men in Master’s Degree Programs Status, Distribution, and Achievement Terrell L. Strayhorn 8 Improving Attainment, Experiences, and Occupational Outcomes Among Black Male Students in Doctoral Programs Shaun R. Harper and Robert T. Palmer About the Editors and Contributors Index


    J. Luke Wood is an Assistant Professor of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education at San Diego State University. He also is co-­director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), a national project that partners with community colleges across the U.S. to enhance access, achievement, and success among minority male community college students. He is also the founder and current editor of the Journal of African American Males in Education, chair of the Multicultural and Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, and chair-elect for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP). Dr. Wood has authored nearly 70 publications, including more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is author of three textbooks: Community College Leadership & Administration: Theory, Practice, and Change (2010), Leadership Theory in the Community College: Applying Theory to Practice (2013), and Ethical Leadership and the Community College: Paradigms, Decision-Making, and Praxis (Stylus, in press). He also is editor of Black Men in College: Implications for HBCUs and Beyond (2012), Black Males in Postsecondary Education: Examining their Experiences in Diverse Institutional Contexts (2012), STEM Models of Success: Programs, Policies, and Practices in the Community College (in press), and Community Colleges and STEM: Examining Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities (2013). Dr. Wood received the 2013 Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges and the 2010 ASHE CEP Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship.

    Shaun R. Harper, PhD, is a professor in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and is the USC Race and Equity Center Executive Director. He is an expert on racial, gender, and LGBT issues in corporations, law firms, Hollywood production companies, and universities. He also is an expert on college sports. He offers organizations live, and high-quality virtual experiences on a range of topics pertaining to equity, diversity, and inclusion in business and on campus.Dr. Harper has consulted with more than 200 businesses and institutions on strategies related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications, and procured $13 million in research grants. He is presently working on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Business, his 13th book. His research has been cited in over 12,000 published studies. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Washington Post, Black Enterprise, and several thousand other news outlets have quoted Professor Harper and featured his research. He has been interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR.Prior to becoming a faculty member, he was Assistant Director of MBA Admissions for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Dr. Harper spent a decade at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a tenured full professor.

    "Harper and Wood have provided a timely and definitive text that offers rich conceptual, empirical, and practical analysis on Black males and education. This book explains the challenges Black boys and men encounter in pursuit of education, and offers meaningful ways to disrupt these troubling trends. It is mandatory reading for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.”

    Tyrone C. Howard, Professor and Director

    UCLA Black Male Institute

    “Advancing Black Male Student Success is a timely compendium that fruitfully contributes to the national conversation regarding the education of Black boys and men. Drawing on relevant research, best practices, and solid policy analyses, authors point the way to proven ideas and interventions that truly work throughout the educational pipeline. Morehouse College and many others will benefit from this text.”

    John Silvanus Wilson Jr., President

    Morehouse College

    "This book provides practical approaches for educators, parents, policymakers, and others who are committed to improving Black male student achievement. Instead of simply documenting challenges boys of color face, authors focus on proven structures, programs, and initiatives we can build upon. This is required reading for anyone committed to bringing out the genius in our youth.”

    Jonathan Foy, Principal

    The Eagle Academy for Young Men – Bronx, New York Campus