Harper, S. R. (2009). Race, interest convergence, and transfer outcomes for black male student athletes. New Directions For Community Colleges, 2009(147), 29-37.
Although much of the existing literature on black male student athletes in Division I sports programs at four-year institutions explores the social construction of their athletic identities, their lived experiences with racial stereotyping and low expectations, and one specific outcome variable (bachelor’s degree completion), these topics remain largely unexplored in the context of community college sports. Little emphasis has been placed on demonstrated institutional commitment to the overall success of black male students, particularly those who play on sports teams at community colleges. Thus, the purpose of this article is to consider the mutual benefits that could accrue for these students and the colleges they attend if the transfer rate to four-year institutions is strengthened. The Critical Race Theory, specifically the Interest Convergence tenet, is introduced and used for explanatory sense making. Critical Race Theory is used to consider the educational outcomes that could accrue when the interests of black male student athletes converge productively with the interests of community college administrators, faculty, and coaches.
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