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Black and African American Students’ Need Satisfaction at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs)
This paper in development examines Maslow Hierarchy of Needs as it applies to Black and African American students’ needs in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly white institutions (PWIs). Building off of extant research that finds that African American students whom attend HBCUs are more likely to succeed in college and beyond, we intend to extend Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory to provide a conceptual model to explain why these differences may occur. Specifically, we highlight that Black and African American students at HBCUs compared to those at PWIs will have differences in both the importance they place on each need and in the satisfaction of that need over time through their college experience.