Marks, B., & Reid, K. (2013). Guest Editorial: The Rapidly Changing Landscape in Higher Education and Its Impact on African American Students. Journal Of Negro Education, 82(3), 213-225.
African Americans have been legally oppressed for the vast majority of their time in the US, and have had access to formal higher education since mid-1800. They have been impacted by several shifts in the postsecondary landscape. The authors sought to determine the factors that influenced college choice among high-achieving, low-income African American students, and whether the awarding of the Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) factor into their decision tree. The authors found through a mixed-methods study of 343 freshman scholars that the GMS scholarship increased the likelihood that they would select an institution based on their academic and intellectual interests rather than by financial matters. Moreover, their data show the institutions they chose were more prestigious than they had planned to attend prior to being awarded the scholarship and they possessed high confidence that they would exceed or meet their academic and career goals. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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