The African American Student Network: An Intervention for Retention

Tabitha L Grier-Reed, Ferdinand Arcinue, Evetta Inman

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Comparing retention rates for 91 Black women and 56 Black men who participated in the African American Student Network with 68 women and 36 men who were randomly selected from the population of Black undergraduates at a Midwestern university, we included an analysis of covariance to control for ACT score and first-term grade point average. Results demonstrated a statistically significant main effect for network (F(1, 245) = 10.14, p =.002, 2=.04), where network participants were retained at a significantly higher rate than randomly selected non-network African American students. There was no effect for gender and no interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • African American
  • achievement gap
  • college students
  • network
  • predominantly White institution
  • retention


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