According to a recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Black males make up a clear minority on HBCU campuses, with Black women outnumbering them 3-2.
At the 100 accredited HBCUs, 61.5 percent are women, exceeding the national average of 56 percent. Of the Black males who do attend HBCUs, only 29 percent will graduate within six years.
Clearly, we are not adequately preparing our young men for college.
“‘Women are very motivated to pursue education. Their ambition is fueled by advancement,’ said Michael L. Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund, an umbrella organization of private HBCUs. ‘Black women get it, but for whatever reason, that same impetus hasn’t been happening with African-American men, or with men, period.’
Experts and students say black men are less prepared than their female counterparts for the rigors of college, face tougher financial hurdles, have fewer role models to inspire them to further their educations, and are less likely to ask for academic or financial assistance.”
Why are so few Black men attending College and/or graduating on time?
How can we better prepare them for College?
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