Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Educational Leadership

Major Professor

Brenda L. Walker, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Howard Johnston, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Lauren Braunstein, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Irvin Clark, Ph.D.


African American Male Academic Success, Black Academic Achievement, Counter Narrative, Critical Race Theory, Higher Education


Over the past decades, many studies have concluded that African American students' college completion rate and success lag far behind other students attending college in the United States (The JBHE Foundation, Inc., 2006). More specifically, these studies have confirmed that African American male students' success rates remain disproportionally low compared to other ethnic male groups. Unfortunately, few notable studies identifying African American males achieving higher education or completing their academic pursuits have been presented as part of the Black male student narrative.

This study aimed to understand better the resources and experiences that positively affect African American males who completed their degrees from a Predominate White Institution (PWI) and to identify resources needed to support African American men at a public research-based institution of higher education.