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ERIC Number: ED245864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Choosing a College: Influences on Chicano Freshmen at CSU Fresno.
Leon, David Jess
A mailed questionnaire yielded data on the influence of social factors leading Chicano freshmen to enter California State University, Fresno (CSU-Fresno), as well as information on family background, academic preparation, and future plans, and compared data of Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) participants and non-participants. Responses from 119 students (68% female, 32% male; 60% EOP participants) entering CSU-Fresno in Fall 1981 indicated the top six influences were parents, high school counselors, EOP staff, siblings, Recruiting Students Via Parents (RSVP) staff, and high school teachers. While EOP and non-EOP freshmen shared the same sources of influence, the order of their importance differed somewhat, but not to a statistically significant degree. The majority of students graduated from high schools within CSU-Fresno's service area, did not live in dormitories, and were California born. Recommendations included making home visits an integral part of outreach activities; compiling lists of all siblings of currently enrolled Chicano students to be used in seeking potential applicants; inviting high school counselors for on-campus training and mutual consultation workshops; and examining the role of CSU-Fresno's Office of Relations, which is supposed to serve all students but ranked 14th on a scale from 1-16 in terms of influence regarding Chicano freshmen enrollment. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California State University Fresno; Chicanos
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Western Social Science Association (Albuquerque, NM, April 27-30, 1983). The study was funded by a grant from the Affirmative Action Faculty Development Grant, California State University, Fresno.