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High Achieving African American Students and the College Choice Process
Applying Critical Race Theory

ISBN 9780367352684
Published February 17, 2020 by Routledge
172 Pages

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By critically examining the legal, institutional, and social factors that prohibit or promote students’ college choices, this Volume undermines the notion that African American students and their families are opposed to formal education, and reveals structural barriers which they face in accessing elite institutions.

For African American students, unequal education is rooted in the history in the legacy of slavery and of the history of institutional and structural racism in United States. The long legacy of racism in education cannot be dismissed when reflecting on the college choice experiences of African American students made today. Authors uniquely apply Critical Race Theory (CRT) to analyse the college selection process of high achieving African American students and, highlight the similarities and differences within an impressive group of students, therefore challenging the deficit notions of African American students as perpetual under-achievers. They also show that contrary to the general assumption, African American parents are inclined towards providing their sons and daughters higher education at the elite institutes of US. The decision is often influenced by analysis of factors including the allocation of school resources, parental attitudes, university recruitment, campus outreach, and affordability. The issues of discrimination on the grounds of race, class, and gender often plays a vital role in decision making process.

This text will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students, researchers, academics, professionals and policy makers in the field of Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education, Sociology of Education, Equality & Human Rights, and African American Studies.

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables

Preface by Thandeka K. Chapman

Forward by Walter R. Allen

Chapter 1.  Introduction: The Status of African Americans in Postsecondary Education

Chapter 2.  Critical Race Theory, Mixed Methods, and a Conceptual Model of African American High Achievers’ College Choice Process

Chapter 3.  What Makes a Student a High-Achiever? A Profile of African American Students’ Academic Preparation and Planning for College

Chapter 4.  The Strongest System of African American Student Support: The Influences of  Family and Kinship Ties

Chapter 5.  Opportunity to Enroll: The Roles of Counselors and Teachers in African American Student College Choice

Chapter 6.  Diversity as Resource, Recruitment, and Retention: Institutional and Structural Factors Influencing Diversity in Higher Education

Chapter 7.  Complexities of Cost: Navigating Affordability in the College Choice Process

Chapter 8.  Addressing Issues of Race and Racism in the College Choice Process

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Thandeka K. Chapman is Associate Professor in the Education Studies Department at the University of California San Diego, US.

Frances Contreras is Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies at UC San Diego and Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, US.

Eddie Comeaux is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of California, Riverside, US.

Eligio Martinez Jr. is Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, US.

Gloria M. Rodriguez is Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis School of Education, US.