Since 1976, while the total numerical enrollments of Black female undergraduates exceeded their male counterparts by a factor of nearly 2 to 1, the enrollment growth rate among Black males exceeded that of Black females, 60% as compared to 40% (NCES, 2008). The heightened enrollment growth among Black males may be attributable to increased attention to their comparative diminishing numbers in both scholarly and popular forums. However, as reflected by Cole and Guy-Sheftall (2003), it is fallacious to assume “improving the status of black men will single-handedly solve all the complex problems facing African American communities” (p. XXIX). As such, the purpose of this empirical collection of works is to identify both successes and challenges faced by Black female students accessing and matriculating through institutions of higher education. Special attention is paid to women pursuing careers in the high-demand fields of teacher education and STEM.
Renée Chambers, C. and Vonshay Sharpe, R. (2012), "Preface", Renée Chambers, C. and Vonshay Sharpe, R. (Ed.) Black Female Undergraduates on Campus: Successes and Challenges (Diversity in Higher Education, Vol. 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. ix-xi. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3644(2012)0000012003Download as .RIS
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