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“Nurturing” and “Caring”: Do These Terms Really Reflect the Strength of HBCUs and Their Impact on Doctoral Student Development?


by Pamela Petrease Felder - August 10, 2009

This commentary discusses the institutional strengths of historically Black colleges and universities and highlights how these institutions have contributed to doctoral student success for students of color. Traditionally, the terms "nurturing" and "caring" have been used to describe their educational environments but often overshadow the rich rigorous academic legacies that exist within these institutions.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 10, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15746, Date Accessed: 5/24/2019 5:53:19 AM

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  • Pamela Felder
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    PAMELA FELDER joined the faculty of the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program as a Lecturer in September 2006. Prior to coming to Teachers College, she was a Lecturer in the Policy, Management and Evaluation Division at the University of Pennsylvania where she developed and taught a course on college student retention and persistence. Dr. Felder’s primary research interest is graduate student development with an emphasis on the doctoral experience. She is interested in the socialization experiences of graduate students and how they impact academic success, the development of disciplinary identities, and the management of life balance.
 
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