An Examination of the Perceived Needs and Satisfaction of African American Male Initiative Learning Community Participants at a Southeastern University

by Cheryl Hill; Susan R. Boes

Apr 1, 2013

To increase matriculation and graduation rates of African American males enrolled at its institutions, the University System of Georgia (USG) implemented the African American Male Initiative (AAMI) Program. As part of this program, a southeastern university created the African American Male Initiative Learning Community (AAMI-LC) as a strategy to retain African American males through the critical first year of college. This action research study investigates the success of this program.

  • Relationships fostered in the AAMI-LC created an environment where students engaged in friendly competition on academic matters, which in turn led to their academic success.
  • AAMI was viewed as supportive and effective in meeting perceived needs of African American male students at a university in Georgia.
  • This initiative is an example if the type of support and resources needed to help African American males have a successful transition from high school to college.
  • AAMI has helped this university improve the graduation rate for African American males from 22% to more than 30%.