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Review Of The Book Black Males In Postsecondary Education: Examining Their Experiences In Diverse Institutional Contexts, By A. A. Hilton, J. L. Wood, & C. W. Lewis (Eds.), Donald Mitchell Jr. Dec 2014

Review Of The Book Black Males In Postsecondary Education: Examining Their Experiences In Diverse Institutional Contexts, By A. A. Hilton, J. L. Wood, & C. W. Lewis (Eds.), Donald Mitchell Jr.

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

Review of the Book Black Males in Postsecondary Education: Examining Their Experiences in Diverse Institutional Contexts, by A. A. Hilton, J. L. Wood, & C. W. Lewis (Eds.)


Does Gender Matter In Black Greek-Lettered Organizations?, Donald Mitchell Jr. Dec 2013

Does Gender Matter In Black Greek-Lettered Organizations?, Donald Mitchell Jr.

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

This article explores the salience of gender for African Americans in Black Greek-lettered organizations at a predominantly White institution. An emphasis was placed on the social capital that may be gained through historically Black fraternities and sororities as a result of their single-gender structures. A constructivist phenomenological approach guided the study. The study revealed that the women found gender to be important in establishing relationships in sororities, whereas men de-emphasized the role of gender in their fraternity experiences. The article closes with a discussion and implications of the findings and recommendations for future research.


Journals In The Field Of Higher Education: A Racial Analysis, Donald Mitchell Jr., Jamillya Hardley, Darius Jordan, Michael Couch Dec 2013

Journals In The Field Of Higher Education: A Racial Analysis, Donald Mitchell Jr., Jamillya Hardley, Darius Jordan, Michael Couch

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

Too often, scholarship regarding the concept of race in the United States is absent from top-tier journals across fields. Yet, at some institutions, faculty, including scholars who explore race, are required to publish in top-tier journals to secure tenure. This article highlights the extent to which journals—of all tiers—within the field of higher education publish articles explicitly highlighting race in the study. The authors used Bray and Major’s (2011) article, “Status of Journals in the Field of Higher Education” as the data source for the sample. Using a systematic approach, the authors surveyed journals in the field ...


Informing Higher Education Policy And Practice Through Intersectionality, Donald Mitchell Jr., Don C. Sawyer Iii Dec 2013

Informing Higher Education Policy And Practice Through Intersectionality, Donald Mitchell Jr., Don C. Sawyer Iii

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

Intersectionality as a framework has garnered much attention in law, sociology, and education research, and conversations surrounding the framework and its utility now span the globe. Intersectionality addresses the junction of identities, and how the intersectional nature of identities, together, shape the lived experiences of individuals (Hancock, 2007) because of interlocking systems of oppression and marginalization often associated with those identities. In this special issue, “Informing Higher Education Policy and Practice Through Intersectionality,” the authors build upon Crenshaw’s (1989) articulation of intersectionality to frame their work, seeking to improve U.S. higher education.


An Intersectional Social Capital Analysis Of The Influence Of Historically Black Sororities On African American Women’S College Experiences At A Predominantly White Institution, Lindsay A. Greyerbiehl, Donald Mitchell Jr. Dec 2013

An Intersectional Social Capital Analysis Of The Influence Of Historically Black Sororities On African American Women’S College Experiences At A Predominantly White Institution, Lindsay A. Greyerbiehl, Donald Mitchell Jr.

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

Research exploring the college experiences of African American women at predominantly White institutions (PWI) continues to be a necessity as African American women graduate at lower rates than their racial/ethnic peers. This qualitative study explored the influence historically Black sororities had on the college experiences of African American women at a PWI using an intersectional social capital framework. The study revealed that the women, as Black women, positioned themselves lower than others in terms of social status; they joined historically Black sororities because of family, role models, and mentors; and, building community, academic pressure, and high standards were fostered ...


Still Happening, Yet Still Problematic: The 21st Century Du Bois And Washington Debate, Donald Mitchell Jr., Adriana Almanza, Adriel A. Hilton, Barbara Spraggins Dec 2013

Still Happening, Yet Still Problematic: The 21st Century Du Bois And Washington Debate, Donald Mitchell Jr., Adriana Almanza, Adriel A. Hilton, Barbara Spraggins

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

The value of a liberal arts education is evident. Yet valuing a liberal arts education at the expense of a technical or specialized education is problematic. This theoretical article offers an argument for shifting the discourse of valuing a liberal arts education to valuing all forms of postsecondary education. In doing this, the authors highlight historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and community colleges (CCs) as “urban educators,” stakeholders, partners, and beneficiaries of the proposed neo-educational argument. The article closes with practical recommendations for establishing partnerships between HBCUs and CCs.


Transitioning From Gpa Requirements To Holistic Application Reviews, Donald Mitchell Jr. Dec 2013

Transitioning From Gpa Requirements To Holistic Application Reviews, Donald Mitchell Jr.

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

I struggle with fraternities and sororities denying membership solely or greatly based on grade point average. Minimum GPA requirements mean students who do not meet the standard are rejected without consideration. Do members of fraternities and sororities not want students who fall below the GPA minimum to become engaged, find a sense of belonging on college campuses, develop as leaders, persist toward graduation, increase their GPAs, or develop professionally? While I would argue every fraternity and sorority should consider alternatives to relying on GPA as the measure for membership, I particularly find it troubling for historically black fraternities to exclude ...


"Quadruple Consciousness”: A Literature Review And New Theoretical Consideration For Understanding The Experiences Of Black Gay And Bisexual College Men At Predominantly White Institutions, Donald Mitchell Jr., Darris R. Means Dec 2013

"Quadruple Consciousness”: A Literature Review And New Theoretical Consideration For Understanding The Experiences Of Black Gay And Bisexual College Men At Predominantly White Institutions, Donald Mitchell Jr., Darris R. Means

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

This article synthesizes literature on Black gay and bisexual college men and introduces a new theoretical consideration for understanding the experiences of Black gay and bisexual college men at predominantly White institutions building on W. E. B. Du Bois’ (1903/2010) theory of double consciousness and Vivienne Cass’ (1979, 1984) model of sexual identity formation—what the authors consider “quadruple consciousness.” The article closes with recommendations for practice and future research.


Reforming Gendered Tenure Policies In U.S. Higher Education: A Policy Recommendation, Donald Mitchell Jr., Abigail Johnson, Laura Poglitsch Dec 2013

Reforming Gendered Tenure Policies In U.S. Higher Education: A Policy Recommendation, Donald Mitchell Jr., Abigail Johnson, Laura Poglitsch

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

Men receive tenure more often than women in United States higher education. One reason may be due to current tenure policies. Within this article, the authors evaluate three policy alternatives—benefits packages targeting women, a three-track tenure process, and support programs—using the evaluative criteria effectiveness, affordability, administrative operability, and political feasibility to determine which alternative might be the best option for decreasing the tenure gap between men and women. Each policy alternative was assessed and ranked based on the outcomes associated with the identified criteria. The authors conclude by recommending the three-track tenure policy and suggesting ways to implement ...


Operation Fast And [We're Serious], Daniel Miedema, Donald Mitchell Jr. Dec 2012

Operation Fast And [We're Serious], Daniel Miedema, Donald Mitchell Jr.

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

The intention of this piece is to push thinking beyond NCLB and offer a fresh perspective on how the U.S. educational system might progress in the future. Consider this a call to action to inspire and promote real change in a profession that has been restrained by federal regulations, standardization, and modest funding.


A 20-Year History Of Black Greek-Letter Organization Research And Scholarship, Donald Mitchell Jr., Jazzmin D. Weathers, Michael A. Jones Dec 2012

A 20-Year History Of Black Greek-Letter Organization Research And Scholarship, Donald Mitchell Jr., Jazzmin D. Weathers, Michael A. Jones

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

A 20-year bibliography of Black Greek-Letter organization research and scholarship.


“Bridges To Nowhere”: Rethinking Summer Bridge Programs For Historically Underrepresented Students, Donald Mitchell Jr. Dec 2012

“Bridges To Nowhere”: Rethinking Summer Bridge Programs For Historically Underrepresented Students, Donald Mitchell Jr.

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

While institutions continue to use and develop summer bridge programs (SBPs), the influences of SBPs remain unclear. The purpose of this current note is to highlight existing literature on SBPs for historically underrepresented students and provide recommendations for building and sustaining successful SBPs.


Should Hbcus Pursue High-Capacity Fundraising Presidents?, Donald Mitchell Jr. Dec 2012

Should Hbcus Pursue High-Capacity Fundraising Presidents?, Donald Mitchell Jr.

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

The question I pose is, "Should HBCUs pursue high-capacity fundraising presidents?"


Review Of The Book Black Graduate Education At Historically Black Colleges And Universities: Trends, Experiences And Outcomes, By R. T. Palmer, A. A. Hilton, And T. P. Fountaine (Eds.), Donald Mitchell Jr. Dec 2012

Review Of The Book Black Graduate Education At Historically Black Colleges And Universities: Trends, Experiences And Outcomes, By R. T. Palmer, A. A. Hilton, And T. P. Fountaine (Eds.), Donald Mitchell Jr.

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

Review of the Book Black Graduate Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Trends, Experiences and Outcomes, by R. T. Palmer, A. A. Hilton, and T. P. Fountaine (Eds.)


Funding U.S. Historically Black Colleges And Universities: A Policy Recommendation, Donald Mitchell Jr. Dec 2012

Funding U.S. Historically Black Colleges And Universities: A Policy Recommendation, Donald Mitchell Jr.

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) continue to receive inequitable funding at state-levels (Gasman, 2010; Minor, 2008). The Higher Education Act of 1965 designates an HBCU as an “institution whose principal mission was and is the education of black Americans, was accredited and was established before 1964” (UNCF, 2013, para. 1). The current funding situation is problematic because HBCUs have successfully educated African Americans, low-income, and underprepared students (Gasman, 2010). Perhaps with equitable state support, the educational gains of HBCUs may improve. The purpose of this article is to analyze three policy alternatives that would improve resources at HBCUs ...


Characterizing The Touchstones Of Educational Leadership: An Analysis Of Distinguished Applied Doctorate Programs, Julie Carlson, Donald Mitchell Jr. Dec 2010

Characterizing The Touchstones Of Educational Leadership: An Analysis Of Distinguished Applied Doctorate Programs, Julie Carlson, Donald Mitchell Jr.

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

Doctorate programs in educational leadership have been criticized in recent years for failing to prepare their graduates to effectively serve as instructional leaders in the nation’s schools. Criticisms have included ambiguity of purpose and research foci, weak admission and graduation requirements, irrelevant curriculum, and the lack of applied practice. The purpose of this study was to analyze specific characteristics of thirteen highly ranked applied doctorate programs in educational leadership. Findings revealed that touchstone doctorate programs display many of the features that have been criticized, and that they are largely similar in structure and foci to lower ranked programs.


Outcomes Of A Spiritually Focused Wilderness Orientation Program, Andrew Bobilya, Lynn Akey, Donald Mitchell Jr. Dec 2010

Outcomes Of A Spiritually Focused Wilderness Orientation Program, Andrew Bobilya, Lynn Akey, Donald Mitchell Jr.

Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.

Higher education often supports new student transition through various orientation programs. Recently a greater focus on student spiritual growth has emerged as an important aspect. The wilderness orientation program in this study is unique because of its length (12–14 days) and its focus on students’ spiritual development. The purpose of this study was to understand the students’ perceptions of a spiritually focused wilderness orientation program and the influence of their participation in the program during their transition to the college. Data were collected through a post-course essay, the Student Adaptations to College Questionnaire, and a focus group interview. The ...