Strategies To Improve Retention Rates Of First-Year African American Males

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Over the past 20 years, there has been an increasing focus on the retention of African American males in higher education. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss strategies that institutions of higher education can use to address the social and academic needs of first-year African American male students. It also presents data from a study of an African American male retention program on the campus of a Historically Black College and University. This program was created in response to a state university system report, which emphasized the need to increase the academic attainment of African American males. It incorporates a living learning community, intensive intrusive advising, tutorial support, and academic skill building workshops. Findings from the study show this program's efficacy in creating an environment that speaks to the academic and social needs of the students.


  • Review current practices that affect the retention of African American males
  • Analyze data from a retention study of African American males
  • Learn how to begin a campus dialog about African American male retention
  • Discuss a program strategy to support the persistence and retention rates of first-year, African American male students
  • Implement strategies to facilitate social and academic integration of African American male student on your campus
  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Retention Specialist
  • First Year Experience Coordinators
  • Diversity Directors/Specialists
  • Anyone interested in supporting African American males in higher education


P. Brandon Johnson, Ph.D. is Assistant Director for Tutoring Services with TRIO Special Support Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in a support unit that provides service for students that are first-generation, come from families of modest income, and or have a documented disability. As a researcher, he investigates living learning communities and variables that contribute to the retention and persistence of African American males, primarily at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Additional research interests include the outcomes of first-generation and single-parent students as well. His research has produced several presentations at national and regional conferences, webinars, and symposiums concerning student retention, the first-year experience, and academic advising.Brandon has a doctorate in education studies: higher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is the co-founder and former coordinator of an African American male retention program at North Carolina A&T State University. He is a certified facilitator of 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens, a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and the North Carolina Council of Educational Opportunity Programs.


Jason A. Moore is Director of Educational Talent Search at Rutgers University-Newark. A researcher of scholarly issues relative to the field of academic support, college access, the minority male demographic, programmatic assessment, adult learning theory, and behavioral health studies. Formerly a professional school counselor and educational consultant in the state of New Jersey, Moore most recently served as the Associate Director of the Early Identification Program at George Mason University, which serves as Masons college access and preparatory program.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy from Elon University and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the National Academic Advising Association; the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A); the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; and Pi Lambda Theta, an International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education that recognizes professional educators of excellence. His experience with student support services, NCAA compliance processes and athletic academic advising, and program facilitation at the K-12 level has created a detailed framework for his student advocacy and educational initiatives.

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