ERIC Number: ED226690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Chicanos in Higher Education: Progress and Attainment.
Astin, Helen S.; Burciaga, Cecilia P.
The status of Chicanos in U.S. higher education was studied as part of an investigation of four disadvantaged racial/ethnic minorities. Attention was directed to: recent rates of educational access and attainment and factors influencing educational outcomes; trends in choice of major fields and career plans; representation in various fields; perspectives and employment experience of Chicano faculty members; demographic characteristics of Chicanos; and features of educational institutions and programs affecting the progress of Chicanos. A historical overview includes the origins of the Chicano Southwest. Data were obtained from a 9-year Cooperative Institutional Research Program study of 1971 freshmen and from surveys of Chicano educators and Ford Foundation Fellows. Findings include the following: the high school attrition rate for Chicanos ranges between 45-50 percent; in 1971, about two in five Chicanos entered college immediately after high school; from one-fourth to one-third completed a baccalaureate; and their rate of doctorate attainment is substantially lower than that of whites. Recommendations are offered for precollegiate education, community colleges, support services, financial aid, bilingualism, and minority women. A classification of major fields is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Career Choice, College Faculty, College Students, Enrollment Trends, Fellowships, Females, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Mexican American History, Mexican Americans, Outcomes of Education, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Research Inst., Inc., Los Angeles, CA.