The leadership styles and activities of schools with boys of color can have a significant impact on the academic success of those boys. Although the issues facing these boys may have changed during the last 15 years, the pedagogy of many of these leaders has not seen a commensurate adjustment. The BLOG posts associated with our "School Leadership" area are designed for school leaders that are interested in a "what works " approach when leading boys of color.
Black Male Success in Higher Education
Harper, S. R. (2012). Black male student success in higher education: A report from the National Black Male College Achievement Study. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania , Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.
The Future Kings program is designed to provide wrap around services that support young men from underserved communities complete a college degree on their way to a successful career as an entrepreneur. The program incorporates a number of research-based findings to inform program implementation. One of these research-based sources of information is a recent report called “Black Male Success in Higher Education”.
This report is based on an important study completed by Dr. Shaun Harper and others. It is the largest qualitative research project to date on the subject on black male success in higher education. Interviews were conducted of 219 black men from 20 states who had successfully completed their undergraduate degree. The report identifies the institutional obstacles these men faced as they attempted to obtain a college degree. More importantly, the report identifies implementable solutions for increasing the number of black men that successfully graduate from college. One of the key findings in the report is that success in college starts in middle school. Another of the key findings is that parent expectations and emotional support played an important role in the success of the men that were interviewed.
In addition to the obvious social policy implications of the report, there are equally obvious financial policy implications. Specifically, governments at every level can realize significant budget benefits if we invest more in preventing crime by investing in education than we will by increasing expenditures for law