Date of Award


Degree Name

Leadership Studies


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Teresa Eagle

Second Advisor

Michael Cunningham

Third Advisor

Elizabeth Campbell

Fourth Advisor

Corley Dennison


This is a mixed methods study looking at the perception of student affairs administrators on the value of student academic organizations as a retention technique at historically black colleges and universities. The study is based on survey responses from administrators throughout the United States utilizing a researcher developed survey tool. Despite long standing research, findings suggest that administrators perceive some value in such organizations, although they are not administrator’s first choice as a retention technique. Administrators indicate that their roles in retention within the office of student affairs vary, as do retention plans. Furthermore, they specify that barriers limiting the effectiveness of their institutional retention plans include financial support, staffing issues, and technology.


College dropouts -- Prevention -- Research.

Universities and colleges, Black.