Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Recruiting, retaining black men

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As is true at many historically black colleges and universities, black women significantly outnumber black men in the University System of Georgia.

Of the system’s 89,000 black students enrolled in fall 2011, more than 60 percent are female.

System officials recognize the gender gap, and through the systemwide African-American Male Initiative — which has created 37 programs on 23 campuses geared toward their educational achievement — schools have attempted to attract, recruit, retain and ultimately, graduate black men.


“My office sees every African-American male at the university as a target for our efforts to help them to graduate,” said the University of West Georgia’s Jack Jenkins, who oversees the school’s AAMI programming.

UWG is 30 percent black, and the AAMI program features tutoring, mentoring and bonding programs for men if they want it.

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