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Enhancing Minority Student Retention and Academic Performance: What We Can Learn from Program Evaluations

ISBN: 978-0-7879-5713-1
400 pages
April 2012, Jossey-Bass
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In this important resource, Dr. Fleming (a noted expert in the field of minority retention) draws on educational evaluations she has developed in the course of her distinguished career. This book analyzes the common factors and the role institutional characteristics play in minority student retention to show what really works in increasing academic performance among minority students and includes models of evaluations that describe successful programs that use statistical methods to verify outcomes.
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Preface ix

About the Author xiii

1 Overview 1

PART ONE: SETTING THE STAGE: AS THEY ENTER HIGHER EDUCATION 15

2 Success Factors in the Academic Performance of Inner-City Youth: Project Forward Leap 17

3 How Perceptions of Racial Climate Affect Academic Adjustment and Learning 34

PART TWO: PROGRAMS IN MATH, SCIENCE, AND ENGINEERING 49

4 What Successful Students in Science Know About Learning: Gateway to Higher Education 51

5 Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Academic Performance: Summer Bridge for Entering Minority Engineering Students at California State University at Northridge 62

6 Retaining Students in Engineering at the City College of New York: How a Successful Program Works 74

7 Enhancing Learning in Science Programs at the City College of New York 86

8 Preparing Minority Students to Compete at the Cutting Edge: The CCNY CREST Center 102

9 Who Will Do Math, Science, Engineering, and Technology? Academic Achievement Among Minority Students in Seventeen Institutions 120
With Dawn R. Person

10 Doubling the Number of Minority Students in Science, Engineering, and Math: The Xavier University of Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation 135
With Carole Morning

PART THREE: PROGRAMS AT MINORITY-SERVING UNIVERSITIES 155

11 The 4th Hour Algebra Project: University of Texas, Pan American 157
With J. Rene Torres

12 Why Good Students Drop Out: Retention and Performance of Honors Students at Texas Southern University 170

13 When Underprepared Students Stay in College: The Fast Track Program at Texas Southern University 184

14 Problem-Solving Instruction: How Much Is Enough to Increase Verbal and Analytical Skills in Minority Students? 201

15 Does Multicultural Content Make a Difference in the Reading Comprehension Performance of African American Students? Project GRAD at Texas Southern University 219

16 Multicultural Content and the Mathematics Performance of African American Students at Texas Southern University 233
With Jason Guo

PART FOUR: CONCLUSION 245

17 Enhancing the Performance of Minorities: Lessons from Program Evaluation 247

APPENDICES

2 Project Forward Leap—Methodological Details 281

3 The Racial Climate at Eastern University—Interview Questions 285

4 Gateway to Higher Education—Methodological Details 287

5 Summer Bridge for Entering Minority Engineering Students at California State University at Northridge—Methodological Details 292

6 Retaining Students in Engineering at the City College of New York—Methodological Details 295

7 Science Programs at the City College of New York—Methodological Details 300

8 The CCNY CREST Center—Methodological Details 305

9 Who Will Do Math, Science, Engineering, and Technology?—Methodological Details 307

10 The Xavier University of Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation—Methodological Details 311

11 The 4th Hour Algebra Project—Methodological Details 313

12 Retention and Performance of Honors Students at Texas Southern University—Methodological Details 316

13 The Fast Track Program at Texas Southern University—Methodological Details 319

14 Problem-Solving Instruction—Methodological Details 323

15 Does Multicultural Content Make a Difference in the Reading Comprehension Performance of African American Students?—Methodological Details 329

16 Multicultural Content and the Mathematics Performance of African American Students at Texas Southern University—Methodological Details 333

References 339

Subject Index 371

Name Index 377

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Jacqueline Fleming is an internationally known psychologist, scholar, and researcher in the area of minority student retention and achievement. She has served in a number of positions at historically black Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, including visiting associate professor of psychology, associate professor of education, learning specialist, retention officer, associate director of Student Success Services, and director of the General University Academic Center. She is the award-winning author of Blacks in College, from Jossey-Bass.

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