Palmer, R. T., Moore II, J. L., Davis, R. J., Hilton, A. A., (2010). A nation at risk: Increasing college participation and persistence among African American males to stimulate US global competitiveness. Journal of African American Males in Education., 1(2), 105-124.
Today’s knowledge-based, global commerce requires continuous investment in human capital through post-secondary education for countries to be fiercely competitive. Countries, such as China and India, are experiencing growth in the number of people participating in post-secondary education, the United States has fallen behind. While America needs to focus on increasing collegeaccess and degree completion among underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), educators and policymakers assert that this is particularly important for African American males. Increasing matriculation and graduation rates for African Americans is not only a matter of equity, but in the context of STEM, it has major implications for the competitiveness of the United States in the global economy. This article identifies strategies that educators and policymakers can employ to promote the participation of African American males in college in general, particularly in STEM.