Strengthening the African American Educational Pipeline

Informing Research, Policy, and Practice

Edited by Jerlando F. L. Jackson
Foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings

Subjects: African American Studies
Paperback : 9780791469880, 242 pages, March 2007
Hardcover : 9780791469873, 242 pages, March 2007

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Table of contents

Gloria Ladson-Billings
William B. Harvey
A Systematic Analysis of the African American Educational Pipeline to Inform Research, Policy, and Practice
Jerlando F. L. Jackson

Part I: Pre-K–12 Schools

1. The Forgotten Link: The Salience of Pre-K–12 Education and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Creating Access to Higher Education for African American Students
Tyrone C. Howard

2. Teaching in “Hard to Teach in” Contexts: African American Teachers Uniquely Positioned in the African American Educational Pipeline
Jennifer E. Obidah, Tracy Buenavista, R. Evely Gildersleeve, Peter Kim, and Tyson Marsh

3. Bringing the Gifts That Our Ancestors Gave: Continuing the Legacy of Excellence in African American School Leadership
Linda C. Tillman

Part II: Higher and Postsecondary Education
4. Descriptive Analysis of African American Students’ Involvement in College: Implications for Higher Education and Student Affairs Professionals
Lamont A. Flowers
5. The Status of African American Faculty in the Academy: Where Do We Go From Here?
Barbara J. Johnson and Henrietta Pichon
6. A National Progress Report of African Americans in the Administrative Workforce in Higher Education
Jerlando F. L. Jackson and Brandon D. Daniels
Part III: Social Influences
7. Securing the Ties That Bind: Community Involvement and the Educational Success of African American Children and Youth
Mavis G. Sanders and Tamitha F. Campbell
8. How African American Families Can Facilitate the Academic Achievement of Their Children: Implications for Family-Based Interventions
Jelani Mandara and Carolyn B. Murray
 9. Addressing the Achievement Gap in Education with the Use of Technology: A Proposed Solution for African American Students
Jeffrey G. Sumrall and Ramona Pittman
Conclusion: Reconceptualizing the African American Pipeline: New Perspectives from a Systematic Analysis
Jerlando F. L. Jackson
About the Contributors

One of the most comprehensive books examining the experiences of African Americans throughout the educational enterprise.


2008 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Focusing on pre-K–12 schools, higher education, and social influences, this book examines the following question: What systemic set of strategies is necessary to improve the conditions for African Americans throughout the educational pipeline?

Jerlando F. L. Jackson is Associate Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


"…this book offers creative ideas and solid thinking for institutions, student affairs professionals, faculty, and other college personnel who are interested in equitably shaping the educated minds of and academic futures for African Americans." — The Review of Higher Education

"…a valuable addition to the already impressive body of literature on issues directly impacting African American students' access to, retention progress at, and graduation from colleges and universities nationwide." — CHOICE

"Comprehensive in its approach to representing the educational experiences of African Americans over the life course, this book fills an important gap in the literature." — James Earl Davis, coeditor of African American Males in School and Society: Practices and Policies for Effective Education

"Jerlando F. L. Jackson accomplishes the difficult task of helping us understand the complexities involved in getting the African American student from school to the workplace. While seemingly simple, the multiplicity of factors which emerge and impact the educational process must be understood by researchers, policy makers, and educators as we all become partners in the process to improve the conditions and experiences of African Americans in education. Jackson provides us with manageable ways to learn and begin to understand the systemic implications of this process in his book." — Barbara M. Pulliam, Superintendent, Clayton County Schools, Jonesboro, Georgia

"This volume provides an important window to the pipeline problem. It also offers some viable solutions. If we do the work it challenges us to do, then we hope that the next generation will have no need for a book that calls for strengthening the pipeline." — from the Foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings

"This book is a must read for all policy agents responsible for making decisions in reference to African Americans in education and will surely emerge as the seminal piece on this topic." — Congresswoman Gwendolynne S. Moore, 4th District of Wisconsin

"The pipeline metaphor has been dominant in discussions of the pre-K–graduate school articulation. Too long have these discussions focused on descriptions of the problem. This book represents a serious effort to bring tools to bear on this significant national concern. The tools redirect the literature from mere descriptive analysis to real solutions of one of the country's most serious human resource development challenges." — William F. Tate, Washington University in St. Louis

"Strengthening the African American Educational Pipeline is a must read because the contributors present a vivid analysis of the situation that African Americans are facing in the educational realm." — from the Preface by William B. Harvey