Loyola University Chicago

Division of Student Development

Male Success Collaborative



The Male Success Collaborative (MSC) is a campus-wide student success initiative we desire to implement, aimed at improving the educational outcomes of men at Loyola University Chicago. Our plan is to make a significant improvement in male students’ satisfaction, academic performance, campus engagement, retention rates, and graduation rates with qualitative and quantitative measures of program success. In collaboration with Enrollment Management, Student Development, the College of Arts & Sciences and other Colleges and Schools, the MSC plans to host a number of programs, events, and activities, designed to provide men with the skills that are necessary for success in the Academy.


1. Create an academic initiative rooted in evidence-based practices to promote academic excellence among males of color.

2. Create and maintain an environment and culture of excellence for all men, especially African American, Asian American, Asian Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian American, Native American and Latino males.

3. Improve access, retention and graduation rates for men of color through academic support, mentoring, and professional development opportunities.

4. Increase the numbers of men of color enrolling in graduate and professional schools.

5. Focus on research that informs public policy experts, practitioners, and citizens of the importance of this issue in academe and on our campus.

6. Work with faculty, administrators, staff, colleges, and academic departments to support men of color on campus inside and outside of the classroom.

7. Work with K-12 schools, agencies, civic and business organizations in the Chicago area to support men of color in achieving academic excellence.

8. Make Loyola University Chicago the destination for all men of color seeking a quality best buy education and an environment that expects and supports academic excellence among all men of color attending the University.

Eight Standards for Men of Color Initiatives on a University Campus

1. Inequities are transparent and data are used to guide institutional strategies and priorities.

2. Men of Color are meaningfully engaged as collaborators and viewed as experts in designing, implementing, and assessing campus initiatives.

3. Actions are guided by a written document that is shared with all collaborative partners and stakeholders.

4. Learning, academic achievement, student development, and improved degree attainment rates are prioritized over social programming.

5. Initiatives are grounded in published research on college men and masculinities in general and on men of color undergraduates in particular.

6. Efforts are enhanced by insights from men of color achievers.

7. Institutional agents engage in honest conversations about racism and its harmful effects on men of color outcomes.

8. At every level, institutional agents are held accountable for improving Men of Color student retention, academic success, engagement, and graduation rates.