A Blueprint for Advancing the Educational Success of Black Males

BoysReportA consortium of seven research centers on education have issued a report entitled Advancing the Success of Boys and Men of Color in Education. The report offers an assessment of the educational status of African American males at all levels of education and offers recommendations on what can be done to improve their prospects for success at each level.

Among the recommendations at the college level are:

* Require all institutions to implement an institutional-level early alert system that will provide help for men of color who are at risk of failure.

* Mandate that institutions conduct a self-study of student experiences and outcomes by race and gender.

* Require HBCUs and other minority serving institutions to include plans for serving underserved students in their strategic plan with stated student success goals.

The authors conclude that “providing boys and men of color with viable educational advancement opportunities is a matter of both social and economic importance. For many young men of color, earning a college degree or specialized postsecondary training can change the course of their lives and the lives of generations that follow.”

The seven members of the consortium that produced the report are:

* The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania

* The Minority Male Community College Collaborative at San Diego State University

* Morehouse Research Institute at Morehouse College

* Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color at the University of Texas at Austin

* Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at Ohio State University

* Black Male Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles

* Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The full report can be downloaded by clicking here.

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