2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Personality and Social Belongingness in Relation to Academic Success in African-American College Students

Marquita D. Cooper
Dr. Yuna L. Ferguson, Faculty Mentor

Understanding factors that encourage success in African-American college students is crucial for fostering their academic achievement and sense of well-being. This study examines personality, coping style, and sense of belongingness as predictors of academic achievement at historically Black colleges or universities (HBCUs) and at predominately White institutions (PWIs). The study hypothesizes that 1) African-American students who attend HBCUs will report a higher sense of belonging than their counterparts at PWIs and 2) sense of belonging, trait conscientiousness, and tendency to use active coping will positively predict academic motivation and achievement. A survey including  the academic self-efficacy scale, the NEO-Five Factor Inventory, the Brief COPE scale, and a question about their cumulative GPA will be administered. The current study contributes to the existing literature by adding recent research which may be applicable to the current population of African-American students.


Keywords: African-Americans, predominately White instiutions, Historically Black colleges, personality, academic success, coping, social belongingness, college students

African-American Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 406-2
Location: MG 2090
Time: 2:45

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