ERIC Number: ED245005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Status of Hispanics in Postsecondary Education: A Challenge for the Education Community. Speech by the Executive Director of the Hispanic Higher Education Coalition.
Although there has been unquestionable progress in developing a Hispanic presence in higher education during the last 20 years, the situation facing the Hispanic community today is one of actual deterioration in educational gains. In reviewing the educational status of this group, it becomes evident that the issue of Hispanic postsecondary education is tied to the conditions of elementary and secondary schooling for Hispanics. Many Hispanic children attend segregated schools. Low achievement and high attrition are serious problems. In addition, the curricular programs of Hispanic secondary school students reflect less college preparation or academic orientation than for any other racial/ethnic group. Thus, Hispanics lag far behind the general population with respect to the pool of college eligible and college ready students. These problems are all reflected by Hispanics' problems in postsecondary education--namely, limited access and high attrition. Those who are enrolled in postsecondary programs are concentrated disproportionately in two-year colleges. In addition, Hispanics are maldistributed among the nation's colleges and universities, with 72 schools accounting for nearly one-half of mainland Hispanic students. Finally, Hispanics are grossly underrepresented as faculty and administrators in postsecondary institutions. Appropriate responses to the unmet educational needs of Hispanic Americans must address economic, linguistic, and cultural factors. Hispanic organizations must collaborate with institutions of higher education in the dissemination of information and educational programs to the Hispanic community. (GC)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza (Sixth, Chicago, IL, July 19-21, 1983).