ERIC Number: ED248904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Hispanic Student and Staffing Patterns in Community Colleges.
An overview is provided of Hispanic enrollment and staffing patterns in U.S. community colleges. After an initial discussion of changes taking place in postsecondary education, information on the low participation rates of Hispanics in higher education is presented; e.g., in 1978 Hispanics made up 6% of the population of the mainland United States, but only 3.4% of the nation's undergraduate students; and Hispanic college enrollments as a percentage of high school graduates declined from 35.4% in 1975 to 19.9% in 1980. The next section looks at the high concentration of Hispanics in community colleges, which enroll 45% of all Hispanic full-time college students. Information on the exceptionally high concentration of Hispanics in central city community colleges and on enrollment patterns is followed by a discussion of reasons for the relatively high participation rate of Hispanics in community colleges (e.g., the indifference of four-year institutions, the open admissions policies and lower costs of community colleges, the programs and policies of two-year institutions, and the availability of language skills remediation at community colleges). The final sections focus on the lack of information structures concerning what educational opportunities are available and what aid programs apply; the lower number of Hispanics pursuing degrees in engineering and science compared to non-Hispanics; and the large number of Hispanics engaged in transfer curricula and adult basic education programs. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Hispanic Roundtable Talk of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (Phoenix, AZ, May 23-24, 1984).