It is clear that no "easy" button can be pressed to solve the educational challenges facing young men of color. This is not a problem that can be fixed by government alone, but must also involve states, local school districts, two-year and four-year colleges and universities, and community organizations at every level. Further, more research must be done across all racial/ethnic groups to identify the best policies, programs and practices that support students from high school to college completion.
The following recommendations are offered to address the myriad educational problems young men of color face — from broad to specific, from cultural to structural. These solutions are multifaceted, and include policy, research, community, institutional and community approaches. Each of these recommendations is vitally important in changing the discourse and the results for men of color in the United States.
Although young men of color face several issues that the general higher education population grapple with, they remain truly underserved because of a host of additional issues that hinder their success. These issues must be addressed if we are to reach young men of color in greater numbers and change the fabric and results of their educational experiences.