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Public Policy and Administration


Michael Knight


Due to the lack of policies at the federal and state level, 4-year public colleges and universities across the United States are left to develop retention policies at the institutional level to support their diverse populations. Retention rates for minority students lag behind their peers, especially African American male students. This study identified the factors that influence retention amongst African American male students at 4-year public colleges and universities. The theoretical framework used in this study was the Tinto model of academic and social integration. The data identified that financial resources, family support, and academic and social engagement influence the retention of 94 African American male students through a case study of 4-year public institutions in the state of North Carolina. Males were surveyed who were enrolled in or who attended a 4-year public college or university in North Carolina. Results indicated that financial resources were the most common theme to influence male student retention. The data collected from this study may be used to guide development of strategies and initiatives geared towards retaining African American male students.