Publications [#327545] of Sherman A. James

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Journal Articles

  1. Iacovino, JM; James, SA; Tate, WF; Staudt, N; Macrander, A. "Retaining Students of Color in HIgher Education." The Crisis of Race in Higher Education: A Day of Discovery and Dialogue 19 (December, 2016): 61-84. [doi]
    (last updated on 2017/11/17)

    Over the past several decades, scholars and universities have made efforts to increase the retention of students in higher education, but graduation rates remain low. Whereas two-thirds of high school graduates attend college, fewer than half graduate. The likelihood of graduation decreases even more for Black, Latino, American Indian, and low-income students, who have a 12 15% lower chance of earning their degree. The importance of psychosocial adjustment to student persistence has received relatively less attention than academic and social integration. Racial/ethnic minority students face unique challenges to psychosocial adjustment in college, including prejudice and discrimination, unwelcoming campus environments, underrepresentation, and a lack of culturally appropriate counseling resources. The current chapter will discuss the impact of these challenges on the persistence, academic success, and health of racial/ ethnic minority students, and strategies that universities can employ to create inclusive policies, resources and campus environments that empower students of color and maximize their success.

Sherman A. James