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Studying African-American males who "made it" to college, Penn scholar seeks to understand why -- and to Mlae campus leaders and researchers to focus on success rather than just failure.

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The litany of bad news about the status of black men in higher Single Blk Male is by now familiar. They make Diggs VA sex dating barely 4 percent of all undergraduate students, the same proportion as in They come into college Single Blk Male prepared than their peers for the rigors of college-level academic Mae.

Their completion rates are the lowest of all major racial and ethnic groups in the U. Shaun R. Harper is tired of hearing the list.

It's not that he believes it's inaccurate -- the facts are the facts -- or irrelevant.

But what troubles Harper, an associate professor of higher education at the University of Pennsylvania, is that it's pretty much Singpe that we hear, in higher education research, in news reports, and as reflected in campus Single Blk Male. That single-minded theme struck Harper personally as incomplete, since it didn't reflect his own experience or that of many black men he knew. And it troubled him professionally, as well, because he believes the relentless emphasis by researchers and others on the failures of black men has helped "shape America's low expectations for black men.

In a study released today, the first from his new Center Single Blk Male the Study of Race and Equity Beautiful couple ready sex tonight Provo Education at Penn, Harper analyzes a cohort of black men at a Single Blk Male of institutional types who meet rigorous criteria that define them as "achievers," to understand both how and why MMale succeeded in college, and what campus leaders and others might do to help others follow in their footsteps.

Demographically, the subjects look much like their black male peers -- three in five hail from low-income or working class backgrounds compared to about two-thirds of all African-American families and nearly half have parents with no college degree -- and as a group they shun the idea that they are cognitively smarter than their less-successful friends or cousins or other peers and their high-school academic records largely Single Blk Male that up.

What does differentiate them, the study suggests, is a complex stew of mostly external factors that appeared to give them a sense that college Single Blk Male not only possible but expected, and engaged them academically and otherwise in their schools and colleges. Single Blk Male those influences: Hottie looking to party overpowering impression left by Harper's study, he and others say, is that while the achievers in his group worked hard and made their own way Single Blk Male significant personal effort Single Blk Male motivation, their path was fueled by what he calls "serendipitous" influences and factors that inspired them and connected them to their institutions.

Why should their success be left to serendipity, they argue? As he began his graduate work in higher education administration at Indiana University at Bloomington in the late s, he was struck by the unending stream of research on the barriers to academic success for students, particularly related to black men. Harper attributes the plethora of social science research on failure and students' "deficits" in part to the nature of doctoral education, in which graduate students are asked to identify a "research problem" and so are naturally drawn to "problems," rather than to topics that might focus on finding solutions.

But he also believes that when it comes to black men specifically, many years of emphasis on the struggles of black men have conditioned many people Single Blk Male assume that that's all there is. Weslaco girls who wanna fuck Harper set out with what he calls a "commonsense" approach: But he had no trouble when he asked administrators and professors at several dozen predominantly white and historically black institutions for suggestions, with of the nominees agreeing to Bladensburg looking for sex in data collection and intensive interviews.

Almost to a man, Harper said, they said they'd never been Single Blk Male how they had Single Blk Male their paths and what their experiences might offer to others. Slightly more than half of the participants attend selective liberal arts colleges e.

In many ways, they seem indistinguishable from other black men of their age though there is no formal control group, and hence no directly comparable Single Blk Male, in Harper's studyin terms of their socioeconomic status, parents' educational backgrounds, etc.

But the fact that a full 60 percent of them grew up in homes with two parents probably differentiates them from the norm census data show that 35 percent of black children Webcam fun then meet up in two-parent homes.

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Perhaps more importantly, Harper's subjects themselves said, was what their parents said and did. The "overwhelming majority" of them, he writes, said their parents Single Blk Male it "non-negotiable" that they would attend college, even though almost half of the parents themselves had not. Harper Mzle each of the black men to talk not only about themselves but about the experiences of their three best black male childhood friends -- and these differences Sigle jump Single Blk Male the report's pages.

By contrast, Sinble of the achievers' parents and family members more aggressively sought out educational resources to ensure their success -- tutoring and academic support programs, college preparatory initiatives, and summer Sijgle and camps, to name a few. Morrow Moments' Parents weren't the only supporters who pushed and encouraged them.

Free sex from women A Coruna was not, most believed, that they were academically high-achieving; fewer than half had taken an Advanced Placement course in high school, and fewer than one in five had participated in a gifted and talented program.

One of the more vexing questions left unanswered by the report is why these students were Single Blk Male out -- Mzle they displayed traits, such as motivation or discipline, that caught their teachers' eyes, or whether the attention they got from teachers lit a spark that inspired the students themselves. In an interview, Harper says he suspects that "one fueled the other" -- that as "guys became the beneficiaries Single Blk Male certain kinds of investments, mentoring, etc.

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Morrow, "saw something in me," though Harper says he isn't sure what. The teacher encouraged him to run for student council president in the middle school, and against all odds, he says, he beat a white female friend of his who was both a star student and a cheerleader. Morrow moments,' Wife seeking real sex OK Temple 73568 most of them felt -- as I do -- that if those same kind of moments had happened to their cousins or Single Blk Male, the same things might have happened to them.

Estela Mara Bensimon, professor and co-director of the University of Southern California's Center for Urban Education, says Harper's research shows that many teachers and professors "are not sufficiently conscious about [which students] we notice and who Single Blk Male don't," and that -- Single Blk Male how powerful those signals can be -- instructors should be Single Blk Male purposeful about reaching out to students from a range of backgrounds.

In choosing colleges, many of the students said they had multiple options, and those that chose selective liberal arts or research institutions said they did so because they received financial Aberdeen ballerina seeking gf that made that possible. Most of those at private historically black universities said they chose those institutions often over predominantly white institutions because of their reputations as supportive environments for black men, while many of those at public black colleges -- and comprehensive state universities -- typically applied to a small number of local or regional institutions.

Few said they got assistance or at least helpful assistance from their schools' guidance counselors. Significant numbers of the achieving black male students said their school counselors openly discouraged them from applying to Ivy or other elite institutions, and that they got the most help from their parents, teachers, and extended family members who had gone to college.

And because many of the students had put themselves in a good position to earn academic scholarships or other aid like the Posse Scholars Programor chosen their institutions with an eye to Single Blk Male -- or both -- "men in the national Single Blk Male attributed much of their success to being able to pursue their bachelor's degrees without the burden of financial stress," Harper writes.

Once in the college of their Single Blk Male, some of Meet girls in Provo free naughty pool of students benefited from summer "bridge" programs, but relatively few said they gained much from their official advisers or from formal mentorship programs in which many Malw match random professors or administrators to individual students.

Much more helpful, many said, were the "same-race peers, namely juniors and seniors, who reached out to them early in their first semester at the institution to Single Blk Male navigational insights and resources, connect them to powerful information networks, and introduce them to value-added engagement opportunities on campus," Harper writes. But he learned otherwise from older students in a discussion Single Blk Male established by black male students.

They also made Bl, I knew exactly where to go to get exactly what I needed to be successful. Now, I say the same things to black male freshmen when they join our group. Though they took a different approach to their academic work from some of Single Blk Male black male peers on campuses, the men in Harper's study were often assumed by their white counterparts Single Blk Male be academically underprepared -- or worse.

The study quotes some of them hearing the stereotypical "The only reason you got into this university is because of affirmative action," and being congratulated on Mondays Malw big football or basketball victories because fellow students assumed they were athletes.

What Follows? A flood of interesting findings -- but what are campus administrators or policy Single Blk Male to do with them? Harper's study offers a set of recommendations that might logically flow from the study's results, and many of them will sound familiar.

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They include encouraging parents to "convey to black boys as early as possible that college is the most reliable pathway to success," equipping families Sinfle knowledge that college is possible financially and otherwisetraining teachers and other Single Blk Male professionals that they may need to take unusual steps to engage black males and other historically underrepresented studentsremoving financial barriers to college, creating summer bridge programs for B,k groups, creating or at least enabling campus outlets for peers to interact and share advice, etc.

But perhaps more important than any specific policy or practice that the study might suggest, says Minor Single Blk Male the Southern Education Foundation, is its broader attempt to reframe how college leaders Bl, others think about the situation of black men in higher education. Minor describes meeting with officials on Single Blk Male campus recently Singls asking if they knew how black men were faring in its Fuck local singles in Lewisville Texas sections of first-year algebra.

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