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Retaining African Americans in Higher Education: Challenging Paradigms for Retaining Black Students, Faculty and Administrators


reviewed by Kitty Kelly Epstein — 2002

coverTitle: Retaining African Americans in Higher Education: Challenging Paradigms for Retaining Black Students, Faculty and Administrators
Author(s): Lee Jones (Editor)
Publisher: Stylus, Sterling, VA
ISBN: 157922041X, Pages: 224, Year: 2001
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White academics who seek social justice need to read this book and act on it. We need to absorb the implications of James L. Moore’s essay, "Developing Academic Warriors," which suggests that "academic success for African-American students is determined in large measure by how they respond to racism when it occurs” (p.77). We need to ponder the statistics collected by Jason DeSouza in "Re-examining the Educational Pipeline," (p. 21-44) suggesting that Historically Black Colleges and smaller colleges in general produce higher graduation rates for Black students with comparable academic preparation when compared with similar students at other institutions. We need to distribute Eddie Moore’s essay about his experience as a Black academic and administrator in a small, predominantly white institution in Iowa and use it to open up a dialogue in other predominantly white institutions. Retaining African Americans in Higher Education is not a one-dimensional study. Its fourteen articles include statistics, political critique, personal agony, motivational reflection, and detailed proposals. This is not another detached study of someone else’s "problem." In... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 949-950
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10810, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 4:43:33 PM

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  • Kitty Epstein

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    KITTY KELLY EPSTEIN, Ph.D. works with graduate students and teachers on research and action to create humane, exciting, anti-racist and egalitarian schools. Her recent work includes "Miracle School: Child of the Civil Rights Movement" (Phi Delta Kappan, June 2004) and "Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, and the Oakland Public Schools" presented at the 2004 American Educational Research Association. She is currently active in attempts to remove barriers for Black, Latino, Asian and Native American college graduates attempting to enter the field of teaching.
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