predatory. A future discussion should address (a) the relative merits of for-profit educational institutions in engaging and enrolling minority males, (b) public availability of the graduation rates of minority males from such institutions, and (c) the financial impact on minority males of choosing for-profit versus non-profit institutions for their education.

The following two additional concerns were raised during the closing plenary session:

  • Efforts are needed to ensure that research programs are tied to actions that demonstrably achieve positive outcomes for minority males. There is a need for greater connectivity between research and implementation of programs based on the research.
  • Although much of the discussion at the Colloquy was framed in terms of boys and young men in formal or informal educational systems, many minority males have left or are in danger of leaving these systems, suggesting the importance of continuous efforts to resolve surrounding issues that affect student enrollment, engagement, and completion of precollege education.

NSF Program Officer Jolene Jesse closed the Colloquy with an expression of appreciation for the participants’ engagement in forthright discussions and their thoughtful deliberations. She indicated that she would explore the possibility of a distinguished lectureship series at NSF on this topic to better inform the NSF community about emerging research findings and possible opportunities through collaborative research ventures.

She encouraged attendees both to submit their names for consideration as potential reviewers for NSF grants and to explore possible collaborations with their fellow researchers at the Colloquy. Finally she noted that participants might investigate the possibility of NSF support for elements of their research identified during the Colloquy.



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