Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Dana Morrison Ph. D.

Committee Member

Heather Horowitz Ed. D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline Hodes Ed. D.

Committee Member

Paul Morgan Ph. D.


The master narrative about Black male students has impacted their experience in the education system from the early elementary level through undergraduate studies. This narrative was birthed out of the same racial attitudes that deemed the Black community inferior in every aspect of society. The idea that Black men are academically inferior is backed by research that focuses on Black men who are failing to graduate from college. This type of research and reporting perpetuates the idea that Black men can’t be successful at anything outside of athletics and entertainment and if they are not good at that they are likely to be criminals. My concern is aimed at the negative impact the master narrative has on the way Black men view themselves and how those thoughts play a role in their academic achievement. I connect the Black male experience on college campuses with self-efficacy, Black Identity development, and representation to address this issue.