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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Higher Education Administration: Ed.D.


Educational Administration and Higher Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Roger Worner

Second Advisor

Kay Worner

Third Advisor

Nicholas Miller

Fourth Advisor

Janine Dahms-Walker

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Keywords and Subject Headings

Mentoring as a way to increase numbers of African American Administrators


While the percentage of African American students in the state of Minnesota increased by more than 23% over the span of seven years from 2006-07 to 2013-14, the percentage of African American school administrators in the state decreased by one-tenth of one percent (-.1%) during the same time period (MDE 2007; MDE, 2014). If school districts in Minnesota and throughout the United States are to address the achievement gap disparities that exist among African American and non-African American students, it would appear essential that school districts employ strategies that have been identified as successful in increasing the numbers of African American administrators to be seen as role models and mentors to accelerate the achievements in educating students of color. Toward that end, this mixed methods study used an electronic survey and direct interviews is focused on determining the degree and quality of mentoring that a sampling of current African American school administrators received in pursuing their administrative licensure and achieving positions as school administrators in Minnesota. The analysis of the data collected revealed that select African American school administrators regarded mentorship as beneficial in both pursuing training to earn an administrative license and in seeking their first administrative position. The implication of these results for school districts with highly diverse populations and low diversity in school leadership and increasing African Americans in school leadership positions to provide role models and mentorship for African American students and its potential impact on their academic achievement is discussed.

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