Wood, J. L., & Harrison, J. D. (2014). College choice for black males in the community college: Factors influencing institutional selection. Negro Educational Review, 65(1-4), 87.
In this study we examined the college choice process for Black males attending community colleges. Using data from the Educational Longitudinal Study, findings indicated that Black males who attend community colleges select their institutions based upon having a degree in their chosen field, the coursework/curriculum, job placement record, availability of financial aid, and academic reputation. Independent t-tests indicated Black males were more likely than four-year collegians to select an institution based upon the desire to live at home, for the school’s easy admissions policies, for the school being the same as one attended by the parent, and the school’s acceptance of college credit. After controlling for potentially mitigating factors, we found that students attended community colleges that placed greater importance on low expenses, the academic reputation of the institution, the school’s easy admissions, and the school’s acceptance of college credit. Recommendations for further research are extended.
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