ERIC Number: ED435510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
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Comunidad: Promoting the Educational Persistence and Success of Chicana/o College Students. JSRI Occasional Paper No. 48. Latino Studies Series.
Gloria, Alberta M.
At all levels, Chicanos and Chicanas drop out of school at higher rates than any other racial or ethnic group, eventually resulting in under-representation within institutions of higher education. Although all Latino subgroups experience barriers to their education, Chicanos have the lowest rate of college completion (5 percent). Central to the academic persistence of Chicano college students is the need for a culturally relevant and supportive university community. A university environment should be culturally inclusive and should welcome and validate the values of all its members in promoting optimal growth and learning. Equally important are the commitment and efforts of individuals in and around the community to be active resources for Chicano students. Cultural ambiance and community commitment are interdependent and interwoven such that cultural ambiance cannot truly exist without community commitment, and commitment must be demonstrated by actions that modify traditional university norms, values, and perceptions. Cultural ambiance occurs within four domains: general university environment, student learning environment, classroom and curriculum environment, and faculty environment. Each of these domains is briefly discussed to contextualize the experiences of Chicano students. The roles of faculty, family, and community leaders in creating and maintaining a university community are described. Recommendations are offered in each domain. (Contains 37 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Faculty, College Students, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Environment, Higher Education, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, School Holding Power, Social Environment, Social Support Groups, Student College Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Julian Samora Research Inst.