Person-environment fit and retention of racially minoritized college students: Recommendations for faculty, support staff, and administrators

Alex A. Ajayi, Lauren L. Mitchell, Sarah C. Nelson, Jillian Fish, Lovey H.M. Peissig, José M. Causadias, Moin Syed

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Abstract

Although colleges in the United States have become increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, degree attainment remains disproportionately low among students from underrepresented and minoritized racial backgrounds. In this paper, we discuss the interactive influence of both person and environment factors in shaping academic persistence and argue that college administrators, faculty, and student support staff can intervene and take specific steps to improve the academic experience of racially minoritized college students. To this end, we offer specific evidence-based recommendations for campus leaders and stakeholders on how to adapt their campus community to facilitate the requisite person-environment fit to maximize academic persistence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number271
JournalEducation Sciences
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Education achievement
  • Instruction
  • Retention
  • Student affairs
  • Underrepresented students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Computer Science Applications

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