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If We Admit Them, Will They Stay?: Understanding The Role Of Social Connectedness In The Retention Of African American Students In A Recreation And Leisure Studies Program, Steven Waller, Wanda Costen, Angela Wozencraft Dec 2010

If We Admit Them, Will They Stay?: Understanding The Role Of Social Connectedness In The Retention Of African American Students In A Recreation And Leisure Studies Program, Steven Waller, Wanda Costen, Angela Wozencraft

Wanda M. Costen

The retention of racial minority students lies at the core of diversity efforts instituted by colleges and universities across the nation. Withstanding the changing racial demographics of the U.S. and the need to have qualified racial minority professionals serving diverse communities retention and matriculation heighten in importance. With the retention challenge that many predominately White institutions (PWIs) face, this study aimed to understand how “social connectedness” related to African American student retention in a recreation and leisure studies program. Focus group methodology was utilized to chronicle the lived experience of African American students. From the analysis of the data ...