ERIC Number: ED427139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Latino Student Eligibility and Participation in the University of California: YA BASTA! Report Number Five of the Latino Eligibility Task Force.
California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. for the Study of Social Change.
The Latino Eligibility Task Force of the University of California, Berkeley, studied the obstacles confronting Latino students with regard to participation in the University, and sought ways to increase the enrollment of Latino students. Findings were based on a survey of 1,386 California high school students, evaluation of their transcripts, a telephone recontact survey, and a survey of university climate and postgraduate plans completed by more than 300 college seniors. Information developed through these surveys shows that Latino students often come from lower socioeconomic strata, and that, despite the value Latinos place on higher education, relatively few Latino students attend the University of California. Less than 4% of Latino high school graduates in 1990 were fully eligible for admission to the university, as compared to an overall eligibility of 12.3%. Although a downward trend is developing regarding Latino participation in the University of California, Latino retention and graduation rates vary little from the university system's averages. Research findings also suggest that the eligibility of Latino students could be increased greatly by eliminating the use of Scholastic Assessment Test scores as admission requirements. Short-term and long-term recommendations are made to increase the enrollment of Latino students in the University. These include a core of outreach and information dissemination programs. Appendixes contain enrollment figures, a list of related publications, and references. (Contains 8 figures and 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. for the Study of Social Change.