ERIC Number: ED367745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Retaining Latino Undergraduates: Lessons from the University of Michigan.
Gutierrez, Lorraine M.; Poore, Cindy
This paper describes an effort to find ways to respond to the challenges of supporting student and faculty diversity by providing data about the experiences of Latino undergraduates at the University of Michigan. Data were collected from a random sample of 73 Latino undergraduates and a comparison group of 24 non-Latinos. The Latino group represents more than 10 percent of the entire Latino population of 523 undergraduates, who in turn represent only 2.1 percent of the entire student body. Latinos make up 1.1 percent of the faculty. In recent years, only 61 percent of Latino undergraduates have completed their programs within 6 years, in contrast with 77 percent of all Anglos. Questionnaire and focus group information indicates that the majority of Latino students had a relatively strong sense of identification with their ethnic origin. They also felt that their sense of biculturalism had not been validated or recognized by others, and say there is a role for further education of the majority as well as self-help efforts by minority groups. Responses of non-Latino students indicate that they recognize some specific problems and needs related to Latino ethnocentrism. Seven tables present findings. (Contains 38 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Environment, College Faculty, Control Groups, Cultural Differences, Dropouts, Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity, Ethnocentrism, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Identification (Psychology), Questionnaires, Racial Differences, School Holding Power, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Focus Groups Approach; Latinos; University of Michigan
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Higher Education (San Francisco, CA, April 3, 1990). For related document, see UD 029 765.