The University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative: A Model for Increasing Higher Educational Attainment (September 2012)
The assessment detailed in the pages of this report initiates a several step process for documenting the AAMI model, articulating its program theory and establishing the foundation for independent assessment in the future. The study details postsecondary educational attainment disparities nationally and for the state of Georgia; recounts the evolution of the AAMI approach; articulates the program theory and logic model underlying AAMI; examines strengths and areas for improving the approach and highlights implication of lessons learned from the initiative for private and corporate philanthropy as well as higher education policy and practice.
2002 USG’s AAMI Study (May 2003)
In 2000, the University System of Georgia (USG) verified that USG institutions enrolled a low percentage of African-American males in comparison to the percentage of African-American females in the population.
Research and Policy Analysis Subcommittee (April 2003)
In recent years, there has been increasing concern about access of African-American males to higher education and the impacts on society due to the lack of access. Nationally, African-American males complete college at much lower rates than their peers. While there has been research on the reasons for the disparity at the national level, there has been little research on African-American male access in Georgia.
K12/Pipeline Issues Subcommittee
Identify academic, environmental, societal, financial, and other critical issues that impact the number of African American males who graduate from high school “college ready”, and develop recommendations for increasing the number of African American males who enter and graduate from University System of Georgia (USG) institutions.
Recruitment and Marketing Subcommittee
The Recruitment and Marketing Subcommittee was charged with assessing current recruitment and marketing strategies directed at attracting African-American males into the University System of Georgia, including early intervention initiatives, articulation agreements, enrollment management strategies, marketing collaterals, advertising, and direct communication. Prepare a written report of the Subcommittee’s findings and recommendations for incorporation into the Task Force Report.
Retention Issues Subcommittee
Identify existing barriers to the successful retention of African-American males within the University System of Georgia and successful programs aimed at addressing these problems. Prepare a written report of the Subcommittee’s findings and recommendations for incorporation into the Task Force Report.
Programs of Excellence Subcommittee
After much research and discussion, the Programs of Excellence subcommittee found many excellent programs already in place in several areas of the United States that are preparing youth for higher education opportunities. We narrowed our focus to successful programs in Georgia and across the nation which were specifically designed to enhance college access for African Americans. This allowed the subcommittee to examine carefully specific components in the programs such as recruitment, retention, funding, target audience, and adaptability.
Partnership Opportunities Subcommittee
Identify a wide array of educational, civic and business organizations to serve as partners in this initiative, geographically dispersed throughout the state. Develop formal partnerships and linkages with these organizations, formulize articulation agreements and recommend long-term maintenance and monitoring strategies for these alliances.
External Research Report and Appendices
Research External Report on Attitudes and Barriers Impacting the Participation of African-American Males in the University System of Georgia.