GSE Faculty Research

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

May 2004


Differences in student engagement between women and men at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are examined in this study. Data were collected from 1,167 African American undergraduate students at 12 four-year HBCUs that participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement. Controlling for several factors that might obscure gender differences, the results counter previous research regarding gender gaps on HBCU campuses by illustrating that African American women enjoy an equally engaging experience as their same-race male counterparts.


Copyright © The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Journal of College Student Development, Volume 45, Issue 3, May 2004, pages 271-284.

At the time of publication, the author, Shaun R. Harper, was affiliated with the University of Southern California. Currently, he is a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.


African American college student attitudes, sex differences in education, African American women in higher education



Date Posted: 29 September 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.