Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership, Research and Counseling; Social Work

Document Type



While the literature is replete with studies of the factors contributing to the failure and social deviance of African American males, few qualitative studies have been conducted to determine the factors that support the success of African American males, and virtually none have focused on the transition of African American males from out-of-home care to postsecondary educational institutions. Despite the challenges faced preceding and during out-of-home care, African American males can transition to postsecondary educational institutions. There is a need to understand why some African American males who experience out-of-home care can accomplish this while others cannot. It is imperative that higher education administrators and student affairs professionals be knowledgeable about this unique student population and able to respond to its unique needs. Meeting this imperative would allow postsecondary institutions to achieve their recruitment goals and retain students of diverse backgrounds. This work equips educators, social workers, administrators and service providers in residential care to assist in the further development of policy and practices concerning aftercare supports for African-American men who transition to postsecondary educational institutions upon discharge.



Committee Chair

Mitchell, Roland