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Sisters in the struggle: Individual and institutional factors affecting the persistence of black, female, doctoral students at United States predominantly white institutions


2007 2007

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This study examined graduate experiences among Black, female, doctoral students and degree completers, and how they perceived the effect of individual and institutional factors in relation to their persistence at a predominantly White institution. Research indicates that graduate students are not typically leaving because of academic failure (Baird, 1993; Moody, 2004; Nerad & Miller, 1996). Instead, a combination of individual and institutional factors best explain causes of attrition among graduate students in general and among Black, female, graduate students at predominantly White campuses in particular (Hinton-Johnson, 2003; Lovitts, 2001). The theoretical framework of this study was drawn from Vincent Tinto's (1987) Model of Institutional Departure, Rendon, Jalomo, and Nora's (2000) conceptual framework on minority student retention and Black Feminist Epistemology (P. H. Collins, 2000). The research methodology focused on the analysis of qualitative data gained from direct interviews and a focus group to determine common themes (factors). Data were collected from four Black, female, doctoral students and four degree completers from one major research university. The results of this study will extend the limited literature on the persistence of Black, female, doctoral students at predominantly White institutions of higher education.

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Subject
African Americans;
Womens studies;
School administration;
Higher education
Classification
0325: African Americans
0453: Womens studies
0514: School administration
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Black women; Doctoral students; Graduate students; Persistence; Predominantly White; Women students
Title
Sisters in the struggle: Individual and institutional factors affecting the persistence of black, female, doctoral students at United States predominantly white institutions
Author
Morris, Mounira
Number of pages
253
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 68/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549170648
Advisor
Berger, Joseph B.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3275755
ProQuest document ID
304845024
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304845024
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