ERIC Number: ED402409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Characteristics of Successful Recruitment and Retention Programs for Latino Students. Research Report #15.
de Acosta, Martha
Programs aimed at improving the high school graduation rate of Latino students and their college recruitment, retention, and graduation have increased in recent years, but they have seldom been evaluated. To improve the design of such programs, an in-depth analysis was conducted of 15 programs identified through a literature search. Need for financial aid was often the only factor addressed by early programs, and making college affordable continues to be an important link to recruitment and retention of low- and middle-income students. Later programs addressed other aspects of Latino student participation, such as mastering cognitive skills and career decision points. A recent added component is helping students negotiate the institutional culture of the schools they attend. A program model is developed with the following seven key features of successful programs: (1) sensitivity to individual students; (2) sensitivity to students' culture; (3) sensitivity to the institution where the program is located; (4) pro-active interventions; (5) a focus on accelerated, enriched learning; (6) small program size; and (7) partnering with family and community. Programs for Latinos have become more complex and their impact has been amplified, but ways of making recruitment, retention, and graduation programs more effective are still needed. An appendix contains a chart of successful programs. (Contains 14 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Admission (School), Career Education, College Bound Students, Cultural Awareness, Developmental Studies Programs, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Low Income Groups, Program Development, Remedial Programs, School Holding Power, Student Recruitment, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cleveland State Univ., OH. Urban Child Research Center.