ERIC Number: ED423097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Migrant Students Attending College: Facilitating Their Success. ERIC Digest.
Morse, Susan; Hammer, Patricia Cahape
This Digest discusses common stumbling blocks that prevent migrant students from attending and completing college and examines ways that colleges and universities can help migrant students succeed. The basic steps of completing high school with adequate college preparation, applying to college and being accepted, obtaining financial aid, and progressing through college to graduation are complicated for migrant students by frequent moves, poverty, gaps in previous schooling, and language barriers. Other obstacles include recent antiaffirmative action laws, inadequate immigration documentation, and the pressures of family financial need. Migrant postsecondary participation is encouraged by high school and college counseling, access to financial aid, and the support of parents and educators. Programs promoting college preparation for migrant students include secondary school mentoring and advocacy programs, correspondence courses, programs providing academic support and college motivation, high school equivalency programs, and summer college residential programs. Colleges that emphasize multiculturalism or that serve large Hispanic enrollments promote college completion through peer support, culturally relevant courses, first- and second-language instruction, academic support, and work options. When selecting a college, migrant students should consider campus atmosphere and support systems, as well as various financial aspects. (Contains 14 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, College Attendance, College Bound Students, College Preparation, College Students, Educational Practices, High Schools, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Migrant Education, Success
ERIC/CRESS, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348 (free).
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 Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.