ASU announces grant to focus on black male students

Augusta State University announced today it will be one of 13 University System of Georgia institutions to receive a grant to increase the number of black men receiving bachelor’s degrees.

Augusta State’s grant from the Lumina Foundation will be for $20,000, according to a news release. The university will collaborate with the Student African American Brotherhood, a student-run group focused on removing educational barriers for black males. Augusta State will be involved in a national pilot research project involving SAAB chapters and analyzing psycho-social factors, with data helping find ways to better retention and graduation rates of black men, the release states.

“There is no doubt that the work that Augusta State University is doing today will provide our African American male students with a predictable, successful future for generations to come. A college-educated African American male has the potential to affect not only the matriculation rates at ASU, but is able to drastically affect his socioeconomic status, his family, and his community,” Karen Mobley, director of ASU’s student development, stated in the release.

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