Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2017

Document Type

Dissertation - University of Massachusetts Global access only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Douglas DeVore

Second Advisor

Dr. Timothy McCarty

Third Advisor

DrBryon Schaefer


Purpose: The purpose of this replication qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of African American male community college students concerning barriers that hinder progress and factors that influence academic achievement, as perceived by first-year African American males in community college.

Methodology: Ths research was accomplished by interviewing 12 African American male community college students who completed at least 12 community college units in northern California.

Findings: Participants presented information that racial discrimination and stereotyping, financial assistance, support from family and friends and lack of encouragement from some teachers/professors as a barrier that hindered their progress for academic achievement.

Recommendations: Further research is advised to interview a larger population of African American males who are attending a California Community College. It is further recommended that professors and administrators be required to attend diversity training sessions on a regular basis.