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Black Men in Higher Education

A Guide to Ensuring Student Success, 1st Edition

By J. Luke Wood, Robert T. Palmer


120 pages

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Black Men in Higher Education bridges theory to practice in order to better prepare practitioners in their efforts to increase the success of Black male students in colleges and universities. In this comprehensive but manageable text, leading researchers J. Luke Wood and Robert T. Palmer highlight the current status of Black men in higher education and review relevant research literature and theory on their experiences in various postsecondary education contexts. The authors also provide and contextualize innovative, actionable strategies and solutions to help institutions increase the participation and success of Black male college students. The most recent addition to the Key Issues on Diverse College Students series, this volume is a valuable resource for student affairs and higher education professionals to better serve Black men in higher education.


"Black Men in Higher Education is a clarion call to those of us in the academy to assume greater responsibility for Black men's success. [It] is a significant contribution to the student success literature in several notable respects. It is one of the few books that accounts for what happens to Black males at all the critical junctures of their educational journeys,…[and]it advances an institutional responsibility agenda. New theoretical concepts that can enhance our understanding of how institutional contexts and the interactions that take place within them influence student success for Black males are offered, as are strategies for recruiting and retaining them."

--From the Foreword by Frank Harris III, Associate Professor of Postsecondary Education and Co-Director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative, San Diego State University

"Wood and Palmer are highly regarded experts on Black male student success in higher education – this book solidly reflects their expertise. Educators and institutional leaders who are committed to improving Black men’s college experiences and outcomes will find much guidance in this text."

--Shaun R. Harper, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

1. Framing the Context: Examining the Status of Black Men in Higher Education. 2. Factors Affecting the Success of Black Males in PreK-12 and Higher Education. 3. Theoretical Frameworks for Examining Black Men in College. 4. The Context, Actions, and Outcomes (C-A-O) Model of Institutional Responsibility. 5. Using the C-A-O Model to Guide Institutional Responsibility Research on Black Men. 6. Strategies for Recruiting and Supporting Black Men in Higher Education.

About the Authors

J. Luke Wood is Associate Professor of Community College Leadership at San Diego State University, USA.

Robert T. Palmer is Associate Professor of Student Affairs Administration at the State University of New York, Binghamton, USA.

About the Series

Key Issues on Diverse College Students

This exciting new series, Diverse College Students: Promoting Student Success, offers practical and insightful recommendations to inform higher education practice. Based on solid research, this unique series is accessible to practitioners and scholars alike. Each book in the series will focus on the experiences, identities, challenges, and successes for various underrepresented student groups. Our overarching goal and vision for the series is to promote and support a pathway to student success for all students, providing professionals with resources on student groups traditionally marginalized in literature and practice.

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