ERIC Number: ED458059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Chicana/o College Students: Focus on Success.
Padilla, Raymond V.
A new approach has been proposed to increase the success of Chicana/o students in college. Rather than studying only students who leave college without completing their degrees, the new approach focuses on those students who succeed in college by completing their programs of study. The campus experience for students is conceived as a "black box" in which students who enter the black box with varying characteristics and experiences leave the black box either with a degree or as dropouts. What accounts for the difference is the students' ability to avoid or overcome the barriers to degree attainment present on their campus. Students who are successful develop expertise sufficient to overcome the barriers to success. Such expertise entails both theoretical and heuristic knowledge relevant to the barriers. By taking appropriate actions based on this expertise, the students are able to successfully complete their programs of study. By implementing a qualitative survey on a given campus, a local model of successful students can be developed that describes the local barriers to student success, the expertise required to overcome them, the actions that successful students take, the actions that the institution might take to help students overcome the barriers more easily, and the likely unintended consequences that may result from those actions. (Contains 29 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Environment, College Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Models, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Student Adjustment, Student College Relationship, Success
For full text: http://www.Hacu.net/sponsors/NICHE/pdf/padilla2.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, San Antonio, TX.