African American students' persistence at a predominantly White university: Influences of social support, university comfort, and self-beliefs

Alberta M. Gloria, Sharon E. Robinson Kurpius, Kimberly D. Hamilton, Marica S. Willson

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Abstract

The influence of social support, university comfort, and self-beliefs on the persistence decisions of 98 African American undergraduates attending a predominantly White university was examined. Each construct significantly predicted persistence, with university comfort and social support the strongest predictors. A positive perception of the university environment was related to higher cultural congruity and perceived mentorship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-268
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of College Student Development
Volume40
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 1999

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  • Education

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