Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Minority Males in Higher Education

The Urban Investment Strategies Center is developing a national model for increasing college access and success among African American males through a grant-funded project of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The center is developing pre-kindergarten through grade 12 demonstrations in two N.C. communities – one urban (Durham) and one rural (upper coastal plans region) that suffer from concentrated and persistant poverty, under-resourced schools and a large population of African American male students who are at risk of eduational failure.

The project also tests college-level interventions designed to curtail “stopping out” and “dropping out” and increase matriculation and graduation among African American male students at N.C. Central University in Durham.

Researchers will use what they learn in the demonstration to inform enhanced access, retention and successful graduation initiatives for African American males at the state’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and ultimately at all UNC system campuses.

For more information, contact the project principal Mark McDaniel at (919) 962.2261 or