ERIC Number: ED365206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Chicanos in Higher Education: Issues and Dilemmas for the 21st Century. ERIC Digest.
Aguirre, Adalberto, Jr.; Martinez, Ruben O.
This monograph digest addresses Chicano participation in higher education to date and pressing issues for increased participation in the 21st century. An exploration of how Chicanos relate generally to the national education system cites low academic achievement which contributes to relative social and cultural isolation. Isolation coupled with educational tracking places the population at risk for negative educational and economic outcomes. The paper notes very slow improvement for Chicanos in higher education due in part to the small numbers of Chicano students pursuing postsecondary education. A section on how Chicanos relate to higher education considers developments in access and participation beginning in the 1850s in California and including the recent construction of "El Plan de Santa Barbara" in which the Chicano community defined their own aims in higher education. Examination of the context for participation notes federal government programs and legislation which have facilitated entry for Chicanos and also reinforced a subordinate status. A section on Chicano representation in higher education finds that Chicano faculty, though persons of extraordinary accomplishment, are marginalized in the academic community. The monograph argues that Chicanos must use educational attainment for social change and acquiring influence for participation in policy-making arenas. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Civil Rights, College Students, Educationally Disadvantaged, Equal Education, Ethnic Bias, Faculty Integration, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Mexican Americans, Minority Groups, Spanish Speaking
ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183 ($1).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.