ERIC Number: ED252637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Helping Hispanic Students to Complete High School and Enter College. ERIC/CUE Digest Number 20.
Demographically, mainland Hispanic Americans constitute a population that is economically and educationally diverse. Nonetheless, a cluster of related findings indicates that Hispanic students are more poorly prepared for college than non-Hispanic White students. More Hispanic high school seniors than White non-Hispanics are enrolled in vocational or general programs than academic programs, and fewer take the standardized college admissions tests. Lack of interest in the courses offered by high schools, alienation, poor teaching, and differences in family life are among the reasons for the lesser tendency of Hispanic students to be adequately prepared for or interested in applying to college. Studies suggest that teachers' cultural stereotypes act negatively on their expectations for Hispanic students, and that language, ethnicity, and social-class factors contribute to a lower classroom experience for the Hispanic student. Because of these and other factors, some researchers have suggested that college officials look beyond high school grades and admissions test scores when considering acceptance of Hispanic students. Following the narrative, the paper concludes with a list of guidelines for use by high schools in developing strategies to better prepare the Hispanic student for college, and a list of organizations that specifically address the educational needs of Hispanics. (KH)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.
Note: For related document, see ED 230 665.