ERIC Number: ED160154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul-28
Reference Count: 0
The Mexican-American/Chicano Student in Texas Colleges and Universities--Donde Estamos?
de los Santos, Alfredo G., Jr.
Enrollment data and the findings of studies on attrition, graduation rates, and Mexican-American/Chicano faculty staffing patterns begin to define the problem facing Texas institutions of higher education in serving the Mexican-American/Chicano student. Although Mexican-Americans constitute one-fifth of Texas' population, in fall 1976 they made up only 8.89% of total enrollment, 10% of undergraduate enrollment, and 4.75% of graduate enrollment in Texas senior colleges and universities. In public community/junior colleges, Chicano students comprised 16.75% of enrollments, a proportion close to their representation in the population; however, there is an apparent decline in the percentage of Chicanos (of total Chicano postsecondary enrollment) entering community/junior colleges, from 75% in the early 1970's to 55%. National reports show Chicanos far behind other ethnic groups in graduation rates at all higher education levels. While such data are difficult to get for Texas, one followup study of Texas community/junior college graduates reported that only 8.7% of the respondents were Chicano. More is known about Chicano faculty due to a recent Texas study. From the findings one can say without hesitation that Chicanos are grossly underrepresented on the faculties and staffs of Texas institutions of higher education. (Statistical data are presented and a bibliography is appended.) (BB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (San Antonio, Texas, July 28, 1978). Pages 22-35 of the original document have been deleted due to irreproducibility