Persistence of African Americans in Faith-Based Adult Programs
Christian colleges often struggle with diversity, but adult programs attract and retain high numbers of African American students. This study suggests ways traditional programs can apply the lessons learned by adult programs at Christian colleges. A team of researchers interviewed students, administrators, and faculty in adult programs with high African American student populations at three Christian colleges. Findings indicate that relationships play a big role in retention for African American students. They thrive when connected to other students in a cohort group or have a close connection to an advisor to guide them through the program.