Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 197–213 | Cite as

Exceptional Female Students of Color: Academic Resilience and Gender in Higher Education

  • Erik E. Morales


In researching the exceptional academic performance of 31 female and 19 male low socioeconomic college students of color, three distinctly female approaches to exceptional achievement arose from the data. These included the inordinate degree of familial resistance faced by the females and their approaches to that resistance, the value and importance of post-college goals and ambition, and the presence of effective cross-gender mentoring relationships. The impact of racial, ethnic, class and gender-based identities in relation to academic performance is also explored.

Key words

academic resilience gender differences college student retention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationNew Jersey City UniversityJersey CityUSA

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