restricted access Persistence Factors for Black Males in the Community College: An Examination of Background, Academic, Social, and Environmental Variables

The primary goal of this study was to identify variables predictive of first-year persistence among Black male students enrolled in community colleges. Specifically, this study explored persistence variables in four domains: 1) background/defining variables, 2) academic variables, 3) social variables, and 4) environmental variables. Data used in this study were derived from the Education Longitudinal Study from Black males in public two-year colleges. Hierarchical logistic regression analyses indicated that participation in intramural sports, extracurricular activities, talking with faculty, study habits, hours worked per week, supporting others, and life stress were predictive of persistence. In all, findings indicated environmental variables were substantially more predictive of persistence than variables in other domains. Implications for practice and future research are extended.