Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Vicki Olson


This paper explores three factors that contribute to the retention of Black college students: the institutional environment, social support and motivatior/resilience. In this paper institutional environment is defined as the student's perceived acceptance and well-being at the instifution. Social support is defined as the student's network of family, friends, faculty and staff who are available to assist and encourage the students in their academic pursuits. Motivation/resilience is defined as the willingness of the students to continue on their path to graduation regardless of setbacks and challenges. Each of the factors presented in the paper is supported by research by professionals. Furthermore, from the investigation of how institutional environment, social support and motivation/resilience relate to Black retention, an educational pre-college workshop is created. The workshop consists of teachable interpretations of the research with the intention of preparing and encouraging all sfudents in their future college endeavors.


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