ERIC Number: ED189209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Issues and Problems in Higher Education as They Relate to Puerto Ricans: Toward a Conceptual Approach.
There is little analytic literature on the education of the Puerto Rican, in general, and data on the present higher education crisis are especially lacking. There is also a lack of direction as to the purpose or programmatic consequences of higher education for Puerto Ricans. It is clear, however, that Puerto Ricans are at a profound disadvantage at all levels of postsecondary education. In terms of college enrollment, Puerto Ricans are drastically underrepresented, even in comparison to other Hispanic groups, and the situation is even worse in graduate education. In a system of meritocracy, where occupational advancement depends on educational attainment, the consequences of Puerto Rican underrepresentation in higher education programs are serious. Among the barriers impinging on advancement of Puerto Ricans are: (1) institutional barriers, such as recruitment, admission standards, financial aid, student support services, student participation in the educational process, inaccessibility of facilities, and problems in the cultural orientation of staff and curriculum; (2) students' personal needs and problems, such as alienation, negative expectations, lack of role models, motivational barriers, financial resources, cognitive style differences, and poor educational preparation; and (3) problems in community and family support systems. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on the Educational Needs of the Puerto Rican (Cleveland, OH, April 4-6, 1975). Not available in paper copy due to reproduction quality of original document.