Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years


Advancing Success for Black Men in College

June 23, 2014
8 a.m.–4 p.m.
National Press Club
Washington, D.C.

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The "Advancing Success for Black Men in College" symposium is devoted to the challenges and opportunities facing young Black men — between the ages of 18–24 — as they consider, enter and navigate postsecondary education in pursuit of a college degree. Postsecondary education offers the best opportunity to pursue meaningful work, increase levels of income and gain upward social mobility.
At this year's symposium, we will examine the opportunities and challenges that postsecondary education presents for young Black men, as well as discuss evidence and generate solutions that can help lead to greater success. Along with research, examples and expertise, the symposium will feature anecdotes from Black men who have succeeded at accessing, affording and completing college.

We will specifically concentrate on several key areas that can help advance the success of Black men in college. They include:

  • Federal, state and local education and academic policies that promote access, persistence and completion
  • Clear and reliable pathways for Black men to earn college degrees and transition into careers
  • Effective affordability and financing strategies that successfully advance access and completion
  • The experience of Black men who currently attend college

Highlights from the symposium can be found in the Spring 2015 issue of ETS Policy Notes — Addressing Achievement Gaps: Advancing Success for Black Men in College (Vol. 22, No. 1).

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