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Clark Atlanta University Launching Black Male Support Program

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ATLANTA (AP) — Clark Atlanta University is launching an initiative intended to bolster the retention and achievement of black male students.

University officials say the program titled “Male Initiative of Recruitment, Reward, and Overall Retention” has been in the planning stages for months and is being launched on the heels of President Barack Obama announcing a national effort to support the academic engagement of black males.

School officials are expecting to elaborate on the program’s details during a discussion Wednesday evening in the Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center.

Officials say the program will focus on leadership, mentoring, recruitment and retention.

CAU Vice President for Student Affairs, Carl E. Jones, says several factors including lack of college preparation, financial challenges and more can have negative impacts on college enrollment rates for black men.

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