From Diplomas to Doctorates: The Success of Black Women in Higher Education and its Implications for Equal Educational Opportunities for All

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"The range and depth of topics this book explores are groundbreaking and insightful. There is no doubt that, when the topic of Black women in higher education is explored, this book will be one of the first to be highlighted. There will not be many other books to compare with the sheer range of necessary topics related to the issues facing Black women explored here. This volume brings an air of freshness and excitement to this topic."---from the Foreword by Kassie Freeman" "The authors brilliantly illuminate the steadfastness of young Black women as they progress from high school through graduate school. The book's focus on lessons learned from successes and challenges will make the educational process much more manageable for future generations of African American women."---from the Afterword by Wynetta Y. Lee" "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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"Black women fare well in higher education, relative to Black men. This book argues, however, that the women face significant challenges at every step of the journey. The authors offer original research on some of the educational dilemmas, barriers and breakthroughs Black women experience."

"The collection is particularly effective in illustrating the lived experiences that contribute to or undermine black women's success, and it illuminates where changes in higher education’s culture might be beneficial."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579223564
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

V. Barbara Bush is an assistant professor of higher education at the University of North Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University and served as a senior student affairs officer and practitioner in California, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Crystal Renee Chambers is an assistant professor at East Carolina University College of Education in the Department of Educational Leadership. She holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from the University of Virginia.

Mary Beth Walpole is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Her Masters degree is in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University and her PhD is in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA.

Wynetta Y. Lee

Kassie Freeman

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Table of Contents

Foreword Kassie Freeman Freeman, Kassie

Introduction MaryBeth Walpole Walpole, MaryBeth 1


I College Predisposition and the Dilemma of Being Black and Female in High School Crystal Renee Chambers Chambers, Crystal Renee 21

2 "Making a Dollar Out of Fifteen Cents"

The Early Educational Investments of Young Black Women Crystal Renee Chambers Chambers, Crystal Renee 39


3 An asset or an Obstacle?

The Power of Peers in African American Women's College Transitions Rachelle Winkle-Wagner Winkle-Wagner, Rachelle 55

4 African American Female Students at Historically Black Colleges

Historical and Contemporary Considerations Marybeth Gasman Gasman, Marybeth 73

5 African american Women at Highly Selective Colleges

How African American Campus Communities Shape Experiences MaryBeth Walpole Walpole, MaryBeth 85


6 Professional Socialization, Politicized raced and Gendered Experience, and Black Female Graduate Students

A Road Map for Structural Transformation Venice Thandi Sule Sule, Venice Thandi 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 Buck, Carolyn 131

8 A Look Back and A Look Ahead

How to Navigate the Doctoral Degree Process Successfully Benita J. Barnes Barnes, Benita J. 161

Afterword Wynetta Y. Lee Lee, Wynetta Y. 183

Editors and Contributors 189

Index 191

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