A new study from the University of Pennsylvania looks at the factors that help young black men succeed in an education system that has historically failed them.
In a report based on the National Black Male College Achievement Study -- the largest-ever qualitative research study of black undergraduate men -- study author Shaun Harper, an associate professor of higher ed at Penn, highlights how some young African-American men are bucking the odds presented by low enrollment and high attrition.
The 219 students who participated in the study were enrolled in 42 colleges in 20 states and interviewed for two to three hours in individual interviews. The schools fell into six categories, including historically black public and private institutions and highly selective private -- and historically white -- universities.
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