Date of Award

Spring 6-10-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education, Doctoral Program

First Advisor

Andrea Kayne


Although a recent study found that college student retention and persistence rates are on the rise, there continues to be significant differences between African American and White students at predominately white institutions (PWIs). Institutional factors such as unwelcoming campus climates, racial stereotypes, and faculty relationships have been found to be viable factors as to why the disparities between African American and other students continue to exist. This Case Study explored some of the key issues/factors/questions related to the retention and persistence of African American students at a Midwest PWI. This study found that university resources and financial support, inclusion, comfortability with professors, culturally relevant curricula and campus climate were major factors that impacted African American students’ decision to remain in college. African American students not only want an inclusive and welcoming campus environment but also, they want competent staff and professors and more African American professors in the classroom.