Term of Award


Degree Name

Master of Education

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Committee Chair

Dale Grant

Committee Member 1

Cordelia Douzenis

Committee Member 2

Leon Spencer


Research on minority students indicates that innovative and creative programs and student services must be in place in order to effectively recruit and retain African American students. The retention of African American freshmen at predominantly White institutions (PWIs) is examined in this study conducted at Georgia Southern University (GSU), an institution whose Minority Advisement Program (MAP) has been successful in retaining minority students. MAP'S effect on freshmen retention, academic achievement, and fit in the institution is evaluated by use of analyzed data collected over a two-year period. Entering freshmen's progress was tracked during the 1994 and 1995 academic years. Students who participated in the MAP program were compared to non-MAP participants on GPA and retention rates. MAP participants were found to out perform their non-MAP counterparts on retention and academic achievement. This study also addressed the issue of isolation of African Americans students at PWIs.

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