AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: St. Louis Community College - African-American Male Initiative "Empowering Student Leaders for the Future" (AAMI)

Program Name

St. Louis Community College - African-American Male Initiative "Empowering Student Leaders for the Future" (AAMI) 

Submitter

Keith P Sayles 

First Name

Samuel  

Last Name

Huddleston  

Contact Title

AAMI Student Activities Assistant II/Event Coordinator 

College

St. Louis Community College - Forest Park Campus 

Address

5600 Oakland Ave 

Address 2

 

City

Saint Louis 

State

MO 

Zip

63110 

Email

shuddleston6@stlcc.edu 

Phone

314.951.9822 

Phone Ext

 

Fax

314-513-4022 

Program URL

http://www.stlcc.edu/Student_Resources/African-American_Male/ 

Program Description

African-American Male Initiative

In recent years, there has been increasing concern about the retention and persistence rates of African-American males in higher education.

Nationally, African-American males complete college at much lower rates than their peers. This has become a major national crisis in higher education in particular at the community college level.

Statistics are showing that the number of African-American males enrolling in college is dwindling and is currently holding at 37 percent, as compared with 42 percent of African-American women, and 44.5 percent of white males. While the numbers have increased slightly over the years, other groups have outpaced African-American males in not only enrollment, but also retention.

There are numerous reasons that can be attributed to the low numbers of African-American men persisting at community colleges and attaining their educational goals. The lack of on-campus support services, low or no financial assistance, lack of transportation, legal issues, the need for childcare, under prepared for college, and most importantly the lack of positive role models are just to name a few.

The goals of the program are to:

-Increase the persistence rate of African-American male students at St. Louis Community College;
-Increase the academic achievement levels of African-American male students at St. Louis Community College;
Enhance the in-depth understanding and focus among faculty members and staff regarding the array of challenges faced by African-American males as they enter college.

Program Services

Mentoring; Tutoring; Leadership and Professional Development 

Program Start Month

February 

Program Start Year

2009 

Current Number of Students

280 

Program Initiated

AAMI was created as a response to the needs of African-American male students on the Florissant Valley and Forest Park campuses. The program began offering services to students in 2009 and is funded by generous grant for Predominately Black Initiations awarded by the United States Department of Education.

Program Funded

The Program is funded by the United States Department of Education's Prodominately Black Institutions Program.

College President and Administrators Involvement

AAMI is governed by the St. Louis Community College District Leadership Team. 

Dr. Zelema Harris, Chancellor

Marcia Pfeiffer, President Florissant Valley Campus
Zerrie Campbell, President Forest Park Campus

Laura Sterman, Vice President Student Affairs Florissant Valley Campus

Herbert Gross, Vice President Student Affairs Forest Park Campus

Program Success Story

•During the Fall 2009 semester the grade point average program wide was 2.47 on a 4.0 scale.

In recent semesters the grade point average for African-American male students on the Florissant Valley and Forest Park campuses combined has been 1.7 on a 4.0 scale 

• During the Fall 2009 semester AAMI had 67 participants and mentors with cumulative grade point averages of 2.8 or better.

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