ERIC Number: ED184615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Hispanics and Community Colleges. Topical Paper No. 18.
de los Santos, Alfredo G., Jr.
Despite the community college's historical commitment to the availability of comprehensive education for all citizens, Hispanics have yet to receive a fair share of programs and services. General demographic data, as well as regional and national longitudinal studies, reveal that Hispanic participation and success in all levels of the educational process are not proportional to the ratio of Hispanics in the total population. In addition, the number of Hispanic professionals in higher education has never come close to being proportional to the number of Hispanics in the total population or to the number of Hispanic students. Even in community colleges, which have traditionally enrolled the majority of Hispanic students, the proportion of Hispanics who graduate is significantly less than that of Whites or Blacks. To ameliorate this situation, community colleges should rely less upon traditional English-language instruction and provide more bilingual programs. These programs would insure a much needed boost in enrollment, and, at the same time, help the colleges meet the promise of equal educational opportunity. In addition to providing a brief history of the community colleges since 1901 and a discussion of the philosophical bases, functions, and purposes of the community college, the report contains numerous data tables presenting demographic data about Hispanics and other ethnic and racial groups in the United States. (JP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Age, Associate Degrees, Bilingual Education, College Attendance, College Faculty, College Role, Community Colleges, Degrees (Academic), Demography, Dropout Rate, Educational Attainment, Educational Opportunities, Enrollment Rate, Equal Education, Ethnic Distribution, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Origins, Females, Hispanic Americans, Language Usage, Males, National Surveys, Sociocultural Patterns, Spanish Speaking, Tables (Data), Teacher Characteristics, Two Year Colleges, Urban Demography
Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona, 1415 North Fremont Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Center for the Study of Higher Education.