ERIC Number: ED385307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The Latino Experience: New Implications for Compton Community College.
Camacho, Julian S.
Census data from 1990 reveal that Latinos (n=133,009) comprised 47% of California's Compton Community College District, a higher percentage than Blacks (n=91,574) who made up 32% and Whites, Asians, and others (n=60,417) who comprised 21%. This is reflected in Compton Community College's (CCC's) student population. Between fall 1994 and spring 1995, the Latino population increased from 38% to 42% of CCC's student body, while Blacks decreased from 54% to 52%. Although Latinos are not the majority student population, they have had an important effect on CCC in that they tend to take more units (32% were full-time students in spring 1995 versus 19% for Blacks), showed a slightly higher retention rate than Blacks from fall 1994 to spring 1995, and tend to enroll in different kinds of classes. In spring 1995, the English as a Second Language (ESL) department was the second-largest in the college and was 99% Latino. Recommendations for serving the growing Latino population include: (1) identify ESL students with professional degrees and concentrate them in classes to increase their learning speed; (2) provide ESL students lacking basic skills in Spanish concurrent enrollment in Spanish and English courses; (3) for ESL students interested transferring, offer transferable courses in Spanish; and (4) in conjunction with ESL courses, establish a transferable Associate Degree program in Spanish to increase transfer rates. (Appendixes provide census data for the California cities of Carson, Paramount, Lynwood, and Compton, and tables of CCC student body characteristics.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: Compton Community Coll., CA.