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2023 Student Priorities

Our goal was to present ways to innovate our institution in a meaningful way for students and staff. Specifically, we wanted to address the following issues:

  • Address technology deficiencies.
  • Streamline a hub for students to access specific information.
  • Create a more accessible catalog for students to reference.

2022 Student Priorities

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2021 Student Priorities

Tennessee State University (Tennessee State, Tenn State, or TSU) is a public historically black land-grant university in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1912, it is the only state-funded historically black university in Tennessee. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Tennessee State University offers 41 bachelor’s degrees, 23 master's degrees, and eight doctoral degrees. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".

Changing the Narrative of the Pipeline to Education: Increase Creating a New Pipeline for African American Males Seeking Higher Educational Degrees

Our Key Stakeholders are Dean and Chair, Other professors, and students in the doctoral program.

The audience is interested in seeing that that is a focus area that they see essential and a way to leverage additional resources to improve the overall standard in the department.

The decision mapping will help move the meter on the project and assist in having the crucial conversation required to the Department heads and look at the big picture and a strategic plan to leverage a partnership with other departments at TSU.

Leveraging relationships with other universities will help us gain resources and recruitment techniques to advance our programs and fulfill our goal/mission.


1. Look at the dynamics in the community and pressure African American Male to feel towards the degreed program.’

2. Find the funding for advanced degrees can be the problem

3. The 40 plus people survey.

Problem Statement: Increase the number of African American males pursuing advanced degrees in education at Tennessee State University

Since 2014, ethnic and racial minorities make up more than half of the student population in U.S. public schools, yet about 80 percent of teachers are white, and 77 percent are female. People of color make up about 20 percent of teachers; a mere 2 percent are black men.   Reference: Publications & Products (

Research: Statics

Only 2 Percent of Teachers Are African American Males

African Americans are vastly underrepresented among doctoral degree recipients in some disciplines.

African Americans earned only 1.8 percent of all doctorates awarded in physics to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

African Americans earned 3.8 percent of all mathematics and statistics doctorates, 3.7 percent of all doctorates in computer science, and only 4.1 percent of all doctorates awarded in engineering disciplines.

Trends and Perceptions Hindering the Pursuit

1. Compensation - stigma and perception around the black family and being the provider, and perception around being a teacher versus professor or administrator.

2. Female-dominated field and saddle views of those in education today and discipline inequities across the K-12 landscape play a considerable part in discouraging black men from pursuing degrees related to education due to direct and indirect negative experiences.

3. Admission Requirements - Graduate Examinations.

4. Cost to pursue the degrees.

5. Proximity and Access to programs.

6. Learning Style – In-Person or Online

7. Aspiration to seek an advanced career

8. Culture and Bias presented in educational systems (e.g., the stigma surrounding black men in education, Do not see a lot of black men with advanced degrees in their field.

9. Perception of the school they seek- their advanced degree from HBCU vs. PWI.

10. Preparation for the teacher exams.