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USG's African-American Male Initiative

The goal of the University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative (AAMI ®) is to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation of African-American males within the colleges and universities of the University System of Georgia. As we celebrate our tenth year of providing state-wide programs, the USG’s AAMI program has taken the leadership role in meeting the purpose of our aforementioned objectives. AAMI is widely credited with being the first-ever statewide effort explicitly focused on increasing higher educational attainment among Black males. Peers in the higher education community continue to benchmark the program’s pioneering model.

When USG officials launched AAMI as a quantitative and qualitative research study in the fall of 2002, there were just three programs at USG institutions focused specifically on the educational achievement and attainment of African-American males. By the end of FY 2012, 36 such programs existed on 26 of the USG’s 35 campuses, engaging young Black men in college life and focusing their sights on earning a college degree.

Outcomes

Data collected by the University System of Georgia’s Office of Research and Policy Analysis reflect significant increases in the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of African-American males within the USG, and in the total number of degrees conferred upon this population of students. Black male enrollment in the USG has climbed by 68.97% over the past nine years – from 17,068 students in fall 2002 to 30,847 in fall 2011. Retention rates are strongly balanced again the tremendous enrollment growth, with the latest data (fall 2010 to fall 2011) reflecting a rate of 74.87%. The six-year graduation rate for the fall 2005 cohort, which graduated by spring 2011, had risen to 40.35% - an 11.40% increase in the African-American male graduation rate since AAMI’s inception. Perhaps, most importantly, the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred annually upon African-American males at USG institutions jumped by 58.11%, from 1,294 in fiscal year 2003 to 2,046 in fiscal year 2011.

With the continued commitment of AAMI program officials, our civic partners and our funding supporters, we will remain laser-focused on enhancing the educational attainment of African-American males.