Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 1–10 | Cite as

What Role Does Grit Play in the Academic Success of Black Male Collegians at Predominantly White Institutions?

  • Terrell L. StrayhornEmail author


This study tests the importance of a noncognitive trait, grit, to predicting grades for a sample of Black males attending a predominantly White institution. Using multivariate statistics and hierarchical regression techniques, results suggest that grit is positively related to college grades for Black males and that background traits, academic factors, and grit explain 24 % of the variance in Black male’s college grades. Grit, alone, added incremental predictive validity over and beyond traditional measures of academic success such as high school grade point average and American College Test scores. Implications for policy and practice are highlighted.


Non-cognitive Grit Black male Postsecondary Achievement 



Research presented in this study was supported, in part, by grant funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Research on Learning, EHR #0747304. Opinions reflect those of the author and not necessarily those of the granting agency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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