The Growing Importance of African American Teachers

Technical education also needs African American Teachers. The enrollment and preservation of Black students is greatly needed who can become role models for the increasing number of African American students in colleges and universities in Texas.Black role models are also greatly needed to strengthen the technology in teaching fields and its respective teaching field and its respective professional associations.  Increasing the number of minority teachers in technical institutions which would lead to positive results in enrollment. Although these are very commendable objective, goals for sustained progress must be made for Black Students.  The importance of the retention of Black students is very essential for the progression of African American students because of the increase in the population of African Americans. The percentage of black high school graduates 24 years old or younger that were enrolled in or had completed one or more years of college rose from 35 percent to 48 percent Recent figures indicate that, in 1986, the rate for blacks rose to 47 percent. Black students are concentrated in community colleges and are far less likely than white students to complete a degree, February 8). Several colleges and universities have implemented retention programs for African Americans. Programs initiated at colleges in Texas focus on raising the academic skills of black high school juniors.  Summer programs of the five-week term are implemented in an attempt to increase the pool of eligible high school seniors and attract them to colleges.

If these students enroll as freshmen in colleges they are attached to academic advisors who help the students with the changeover to college Other colleges also suffered serious setbacks in the number of minority students.  In an attempt to overcome this issue, these institutions created special mailings for minority students, conducted telephone contacts, issued personal invitations to campus receptions, and established a scholarship program for high ability  Black students, and initiated a seminar for minority high school students and their counselors Much at retention has focused on tutorial assistance and additional counseling for minority students. The programs began in 1974 as a result of low enrollment levels of black students in the schools of engineering and technology.  The program is funded through a combination of private and university funding Statistics from the Texas State Board of Education, and has indicated that African American students comprised 30.4% of Texas student population in 1984). Texas Tech University formed a partnership with a public school district in an effort to recruit and retain Black students.

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