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How We Do It

The Challenge

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) (2019), the 2012 cohort of first time bachelor degree seeking African-American male students at 4-year postsecondary institutions graduating within 6 years have the lowest degree completion rate (36.2%) as compared to their white male counterparts (62.7%). Additionally, the study shows that the African-American male students demographic has the highest non-completion/dropout rate (41.2%) among all racial and gender demographics. The disproportionate completion rate is an equity issue that impacts economic freedom and upward mobility.

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34%

of Black Students Enroll in College

72%

Receive Student Loans

36%

Complete a College Degree

41%

Drop out from College

The Solution

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Sanford’s (1962) Student Development Theory of Challenge and Support combined with the constructivist and behavioral philosophical orientations, The CBM Network believes the best way to address the challenge of degree completion is through a transformative experience where students are developed through various internal and/or external challenges allowing the creation of new meaning for themselves while simultaneously meeting programmatic goals.

Our Framework