A multi-level case study analysis of campus-based male initiatives programs and practices and the impact of participation on the perceptions of first-year African American male community college students in Texas

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Title: A multi-level case study analysis of campus-based male initiatives programs and practices and the impact of participation on the perceptions of first-year African American male community college students in Texas
Author: Dabney-Smith, Valschkia Lisette
Abstract: This study examined the differences in engagement among entering African American male students at two community colleges in the State of Texas . Three research questions provided the foundation for this study : (1 ) Is there a significant difference in the engagement levels among first -year male community college students by age group , (2 ) From the African American male students’ perspective , what are the specific educational programs and institutional practices that supported their retention and persistence during the first semester of enrollment in a two -year institution ; and (3 ) In the case of the African American male students , what organizational and institutional factors influenced their decision to enroll for a second semester at a two -year institution ? The series of research questions developed for this study were tested using survey research , casestudy analysis , and qualitative research . The descriptive analyses were conducted using a sample of the data collected from the 22 institutions selected to participate in the Survey of Entering Students Engagement (SENSE ) pilot survey . The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS ) was used to compile the frequency statistics and one -way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA ) for the 781 African American male study respondents . The effect size (Eta -Squared ) was also calculated to identify relative magnitude of the difference between means that were found in the ANOVA results . The researcher also conducted focus groups and in -depth interviews with first -year African American male students who enrolled in a community college . The results of this study indicated there were statistically significant differences among first -year African American male community college students by age group . The results also showed that African American male students who were involved in campus -based initiatives at their community college had higher levels of satisfaction during their first academic term . Finally , several of the focus group and individual interview participants indicated their participation in gender -specific programs influenced their decision to enroll for a second semester at a two -year institution .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /6860
Date: 2010-02-03

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A multi-level case study analysis of campus-based male initiatives programs and practices and the impact of participation on the perceptions of first-year African American male community college students in Texas. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /6860 .

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