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Providing Support for Young Black Men in College



Young African-American men are far less likely to graduate from college than other segments of the population.

A little more than one-third of full-time black male college students got a degree in six years, compared with 59 percent of white male students, according to a December 2016 report by the research firm MRDC.

The factors that inhibit attainment for black male college students start before college, said Alissa Gardenhire, research associate at MRDC and co-author of the report.

Black male students have lower levels of college preparation, she said. They are more likely to attend under-resourced schools that have poor academic outcomes, according to the report.

They face financial barriers such as having to work full-time while in school, she said…..

…..Some programs for younger boys have been found to be effective in improving academic attainment, according to a 2014 MRDC report…..

…..MRDC will be working with an initiative in the University System of Georgia for the next four years to gather information on effectiveness…..

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