Balancing Berkeley: A Case Study Exploration of Black Student Experiences at Elite Universities
Master of Arts (MA)
A qualitative study examining the individual and personal definitions of college success from the perspective of Black students at predominantly White and elite institutions. Using students from the University of California, Berkeley as a snapshot of the larger institutional context, this thesis centers the experiences of Black undergraduate students to discuss equity and student success. The university’s written texts, reports and survey results were examined regarding diversity and interpreted to reveal patterns in subtext and narrative about commitments to success and compared to that of the students’ experiences. Emergent themes included: isolation and sense of belonging, race relations including intra group differences, and community support. Findings offer insight into how Black students at Berkeley understand college success and the influence of race in navigating an elite university context. Implications are presented for higher education and student affairs professionals and recommendations for the field are discussed.
Morgan, Sha Quasha Y., "Balancing Berkeley: A Case Study Exploration of Black Student Experiences at Elite Universities" (2022). Master's Theses. 5346.