ERIC Number: ED348119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Ohlone College Hispanic Retention Survey.
Hurtado, Jose, Comp.; And Others
In an effort to identify the factors which most influence the educational success of Hispanic students at Ohlone College (OC), in California, a survey was mailed to all Hispanic students registered at the college in fall 1988 and spring 1989. A total of 1,142 Hispanic students were contacted, comprising 10.5% of the student body. Of these, 201 returned completed questionnaires for a 17.6% response rate. In order to supplement the survey data, and to compare survey respondents to the total Hispanic population at the college, additional data were obtained from the student history files. Study results included the following: (1) the respondent group was two-thirds female, compared with just over 50% for the total Hispanic population of OC; (2) compared with the total Hispanic population at the college, a disproportionate number of respondents were over 21, continuing students, enrolled full-time, and had higher grade point averages; (3) 35.1% of all Hispanic students failed to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 (4-point scale); (4) nearly 70% of OC's Hispanic students identified themselves as Mexican-American, Chicano, or Mexicano; (5) nearly 40% of respondents felt that high school did little to prepare them for college; (6) of all matriculant groups at OC, Mexican-American students had the lowest retention rates after Native Americans; (7) there was a positive correlation between respondents' family income and grade point average; and (8) academically successful respondents reported taking greater advantage of student services such as financial aid and counseling. Data tables, recommendations, and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Ancillary School Services, Community Colleges, Hispanic Americans, Mexican Americans, Participant Satisfaction, School Holding Power, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohlone Coll., Fremont, CA.