African American Male Academy

The African American Male Academy (AAMA) will identify, recruit and induct African American male students into a culture of inclusive excellence. Starting in middle school, 50 African American male 8th-graders in good academic standing, will be selected via an application process and set on a path early toward college completion through an inclusive excellence model of early exposure to academic/career preparation, peer/faculty mentors, textbooks/educational supplies and integration into college life.

The University of Memphis launched the African American Male Academy designed to increase graduation rates following President M. David Rudd’s well-received testimony to the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment on “The Cost of Non-Completion.” Read more about his testimony >

The University of Memphis is nationally recognized as one of the top 12 universities in graduating African American students (Diverse Magazine).