Term of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Missy Bennett

Committee Member 1

Cindi Chance

Committee Member 2

Meca Williams-Johnson


The purpose of this mixed method, pragmatic, research study was to determine, from successful African American college age students, what influences have contributed to their academic success. Quantitative data were collected using two survey instruments, the Religious Commitment Inventory (RCI-10) and a researcher created demographic instrument for data collection. Qualitative data were collected through five researcherconducted focus group discussions with 10 African American students enrolled in a four year university located in the southeast region of the United States. The guiding questions were: How does religious commitment impact academic achievement among minority male college students? What relationship exists between religious commitment, motivation and academic achievement of minority male college students? What motivational factors have impacted the academic success? Results revealed that students felt that religious commitment was a factor in their academic success, while quantitative data showed a negative correlation between students’ grade-point averages and their religious commitment score. Students identified family support, personal motivation, and determination not to be a statistic as factors impacting their academic success.

Research Data and Supplementary Material