Dr. Ramon B. Goings
(Re)defining the Narrative:
High-Achieving Nontraditional Black Male Undergraduates at a Historically Black College and University
Using Harper’s anti-deficit achievement framework as a theoretical guide, the purpose of this phenomenological study was to investigate the academic and social experiences of four nontraditional, high-achieving, Black male undergraduates attending one historically Black university. Findings show that the participants were intrinsically motivated to succeed in college to make a better future for themselves and their families. Support from their peers, family, and children also played a role in their success. Last, the university cultivated a campus environment that affirmed the participants’ identities as Black males and nontraditional students. These findings present a counternarrative to deficit-oriented research about Black males generally and nontraditional Black male collegians specifically.
Dr. Ramon B. Goings is a scholar scholarship explores the experiences of gifted/high-achieving Black males PK-PhD, issues related to diversifying the teacher and school leader workforce, and the exploring the role, relevance, and impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is the co-editor of the upcoming book, Graduate Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Student Perspective (Routledge Press). Moreover, his scholarship has been featured in academic and popular press outlets including: Journal of African American Males in Education, Perspectives on Urban Education, Adult Learning, Inside Higher Ed, Education Week, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. In fall 2016, Ramon Goings will begin serving as assistant professor Educational Leadership at Loyola University Maryland.
Dr. Goings is a recipient of the 2016 College Board Professional Fellowship and a 2015 Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Institute on African Americans and Education Fellow. Dr. Goings currently serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal of African American Males in Education (JAAME). Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Goings was a music education and special education teacher and fellow with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Dr. Goings earned his Doctor of Education degree in Urban Educational Leadership at Morgan State University, Master of Science in Human Service in Human Services at Post University, and Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Lynchburg College.