Turning Graduate School Aspirations into Enrollment: How Student Affairs Professionals Can Help African American Students


  • Carmen Michele McCallum Buffalo State, SUNY


The purpose of this qualitative study was to highlight the relationship between student affairs professionals and African American students who are considering pursuing doctoral degree programs. The data were interpreted through Sanford’s (1966) conceptualization of challenge and support. Findings reveal that African American students form meaningful relationships with student affairs professionals that both challenge and support their pursuit of the doctorate. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Author Biography

Carmen Michele McCallum, Buffalo State, SUNY

Assistant Professor


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