From Diplomas to Doctorates: The Success of Black Women in Higher Education and its Implications for Equal Educational Opportunities for Allby V. Barbara Bush, Crystal Renee Chambers, Mary Beth Walpole, Wynetta Y. Lee
Pub. Date: 05/28/2010
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
This volume illuminates the educational experiences of Black women, from their high school transition to college, to graduate school, and through doctoral degree attainment, by exploring their commonalities, successes, and challenges. The chapters of this volume newly identify key factors and experiences that shape Black women's engagement or disengagement with
This volume illuminates the educational experiences of Black women, from their high school transition to college, to graduate school, and through doctoral degree attainment, by exploring their commonalities, successes, and challenges. The chapters of this volume newly identify key factors and experiences that shape Black women's engagement or disengagement with higher education.
The original research presented here - using an array of theoretical lenses, as well as qualitative and quantitative methods - not only deepens our understanding of the experiences of African American women in the academy, but also seeks to strengthen the academic pipeline, not only for the benefit of those who may have felt disenfranchised in the past, but also for all students in the educational pipeline.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Kassie Freeman xi
Introduction Crystal Renée Chambers V. Barbara Bush MaryBeth Walpole 1
Part 1 The Pre-Collegiate and Transitional Experience
1 College Predisposition and the Dilemma of Being Black and Female in High School Adrienne D. Dixson Crystal Renée Chambers 21
2 "Making A Dollar Out of Fifteen Cents"
The Early Educational Investments of Young Black Women Crystal Renée Chambers 39
Part 2 The Undergraduate Experience
3 An Asset or an Obstacle?
The Power of Peers in African American Women's College Transitions Rachelle Winkle-Wagner 55
4 African American Female Students at Historically Black Colleges
Historical and Contemporary Considerations Marybeth Gasman 73
5 African American Women at Highly Selective Colleges
How African American Campus Communities Shape Experiences MaryBeth Walpole 85
Part 3 The Graduate Experience
6 Professional Socialization, Politicized Raced and Gendered Experience, and Black Female Graduate Students
A Road Map for Structural Transformation Venice Thandi Salé 111
7 Does Where They Start Matter?
A Comparative Analysis of African American Women Doctoral Recipients Who Started in a Two-Year Versus a Four-Year Institution Carolyn Buck 131
8 A Look Back and a Look Ahead
How to Navigate the Doctoral Degree Process Successfully Benita J. Barnes 161
Afterword Wynetta Y. Lee 183
Editors and Contributors 189
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