Higher Education

Creating Personal Success on the Historically Black College and University Campus, 1st Edition

  • Douglas J. Fiore Virginia State University
  • W. Weldon Hill Virginia State University
  • ISBN-10: 1111837716  |  ISBN-13: 9781111837716
  • 96 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
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About

Overview

CREATING PERSONAL SUCCESS ON THE HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY (HBCU) CAMPUS helps first-year students to learn about themselves as individuals and celebrates the HBCU higher education experience. Whether students are attending an HBCU because of its history, family recommendation or legacy, or as a choice of convenience, this book will provide the history and purpose of HBCUs. Many HBCU first-year students are in large part first generation college students who will benefit from this introduction to the resources available to them in the HBCU community.

Features and Benefits

  • The end of each chapter contains an activity that allows students to reflect on what they have read.
  • An appendix located at the end of the book lists all of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities for easy reference.
  • Activities include: Who Are You?, Your Personal History, Role Models on the HBCU Campus, Majors and Careers, , University Resources Scavenger Hunt, The Structure of Your University, and Discovering Other Stars.

Table of Contents

1. CREATING SUCCESS AT YOUR HBCU.
So What is a Historically Black College and University? What Makes a Historically Black College and University Special? What Are Your Goals for Attending an HBCU? Activity: Who Are You?
2. UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORY OF HBCUS.
The History of HBCUs in the United States. The Great DuBois-Washington Debate. The Morehouse Mystique and Dr. Benjamin E. Mays. Activity: Your Personal History.
3. COMPARING HBCUS AND MAJORITY INSTITUTIONS.
The Importance of Role Models. Is College Life Different at a Majority White Institution? Are HBCUs Still Necessary? A Pro/Con Discussion. Activity: Role Models on the HBCU Campus.
4. NAVIGATING THE RESOURCES AT YOUR HBCU.
The Importance of Advisement. Choosing a Major. Activity: Majors and Careers.
5. UNDERSTANDING DEGREES AND THEIR RELEVANCE TO YOUR FUTURE CAREER.
About Academic Degrees. Degrees in the American Education System. Accountability in the American Education System. The Anatomy of a Bachelor's Degree. Managing Your Time. Social and Professional Networking. Acivity: University Resources Scavenger Hunt.
6. EARNING A COLLEGE DEGREE.
University Organizational Structures . University Personnel. Acceptance at Your HBCU. Academic Responsibility. Activity: The Structure of Your University.
7. NOTABLE HBCU ATTENDEES AND ALUMNUS.
Activity: Discovering Other Stars.
REFERENCES
Appendix A. Listing of Historically Black College And Universities.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I truly loved the "Who Are You?" questions. The reason I say this is because several themes emerge such as identity, self- introspection, reflection, personality, and self-perception. This activity allowed the student to tap into those areas while addressing the questions. I definitely would use these questions as a dialog with my students."

— Jacqueline Okoh, Florida A&M University

"I would describe this book as an essential component that should be required for all orientation courses at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It talks about what a HBCU is and what makes an HBCU special. It would make one proud to attend an HBCU."

— Lisa Lang, Florida A&M University

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Douglas J. Fiore

Dr. Douglas J. Fiore is a Professor of Education at Virginia State University. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Indiana State University, and he currently holds a Virginia Postgraduate Professional License in Administration and Elementary Education, as well as a Virginia Superintendent's License. A former teacher and principal, Dr. Fiore has worked as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of West Georgia and at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also served as the Director of Professional Practice with the Virginia Department of Education. Dr. Fiore is the author of six educational books, two of which are bestselling textbooks that are widely adopted at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. Additionally, Dr. Fiore has written over a dozen peer-reviewed articles, and he has served on several editorial boards. Dr. Fiore is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on issues related to school-family partnerships, leadership improvement, and communication in educational settings.

W. Weldon Hill

Dr. W. Weldon Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Virginia Union University and both the Master of Music degree in composition and Doctor of Philosophy degree (as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow) in musicology (music theory) from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Additionally, he was a graduate assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University. His post-doctoral work includes a Certificate in Higher Education Management from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management Development Program as a Plan for Social Excellence Fellow and participation as one of 29 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Class of 2000-2001. Having been appointed Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education at Virginia State University (Petersburg) in 2003, Dr. Hill is now responsible for management and development of the VSU's largest school (enrolling over 2,200 students) and its first doctoral program in educational leadership.