Africa Book Review
Based on his dissertation research, The Retention of First-Year Black Male Students at Predominately White Private and Public Universities and Colleges provides evidence that the retention of first-year Black male students at predominately White private or public universities and colleges can be achieved. Using the experiences of six participants at a predominately White private university in the Washington, D.C. area, the book encourages Black male high school graduates who want to attend predominately White private or public universities or colleges to use those participants’ experiences—specifically the key factors that contributed to their academic success—in obtaining their college degrees. Educated Black men tend to improve their communities, provide financially for their families, enjoy higher self-esteem, and become valuable assets to their employers, perhaps even becoming business owners. Today, African-American enrollment in higher education is at an all-time high, but there is still a 20-point gap in graduation as compared to Whites at 63%. This gap has enormous economic and societal implications. “Without education, there is no hope for our people, and without hope, our future is lost.” —Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 2009 This treatise not only offers inspiration and practical advice for Black men seeking higher education; it provides valuable suggestions for high school counselors, college administrators, and faculty who support this worthy goal.
About Dr. Sandy Woodrow Yancy, Sr.
Dr. Sandy Woodrow Yancy, Sr. holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Washington, D. C. campus, Master’s Degree in Software Systems from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Bachelor Degree in General Agriculture from the University of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia. Dr. Yancy worked with the Ministry of Public Works, Bank of Monrovia, Ministry of Agriculture in Monrovia, Liberia and with the Firestone Plantations Company in Harbel, Liberia. He matriculated to the United States of America to further his academic career. He has worked for various companies including; US Sprint, Norrell Corporation, United HealthCare, US Bank, Strayer University and VT iDirect Technologies. He taught at Strayer University for four years. During his tenure at Strayer University teaching adult students, he developed his desire to further his education in pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Sandy Woodrow Yancy, Sr. is married to Mrs. Magdalene Dennis Yancy and together, they have eight adult children and eleven grandchildren. Dr. Yancy is a nature lover and enjoys exploring ideas to better his community. Dr. Yancy is one of the founding members of the Sinoe County Association in the Americas, Inc. Dr. Yancy held various positions in the association including: President Georgia Chapter, President Minnesota Chapter, First National Intern Chairman, Member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors and later became Chairman of the Board of Directors. During his administration as President Minnesota Chapter, the First Gathering of Sinoeans was held July 9, 10 and 11, 1999 in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota to form the National Sinoe County Association in the Americas, Inc. (SCAA, Inc). Website: www.scaainc.org. Dr. Yancy is currently serving as General Secretary for the Liberian Yancy Family Reunion, USA.
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