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Quality Initiative

The purpose of the quality initiative is to increase the persistence (retention), graduation, and career and post-baccalaureate placements of African-American male students by engaging them in the types of co-curricular and leadership activities that lead to academic success and timely graduation. Data shows that the African-American male student is at high risk, in terms of low retention and graduation rates, as compared to other population groups (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 2006). The purpose is closely tied to the overall mission of the University which has a rich history of providing educational opportunities to persons from disadvantaged, cultural and diverse academic backgrounds.


The goal is to get African-American male students actively involved in co-Curricular activities that promote leadership skills in order to increase persistence, graduation, and post-baccalaureate placements. Seven specific ROARING goals for each student are:

  • Retention,
  • Organizational skills,
  • Academic proficiency,
  • Responsibility,
  • Intellectual thinking skills,
  • Networking for success,
  • Goal setting.


  • To promote participation in monthly seminars and annual professional conferences.
  • To participate in club activities.
  • To attend Career Services seminars and workshops.
  • To participate in all events of Student Counseling, Assessment and Development.
  • To participate in mentoring opportunities.
  • To participate in co-curricular activities for students.
  • To become involved in service learning projects.
  • To involve interested students in the Travel-to-Study Opportunities.
For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Brentley at (870) 575-8341 or

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Basic Academic Services
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
(870) 575 - 8356
Dr. Mary Brentley, Director