ERIC Number: ED467858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Influences on the Educational Decisions of Hispanic Students Enrolled in Hispanic Serving Institutions.
Cejda, Brent D.; Casparis, Cindy; Rhodes, Jeff
The number of Hispanic undergraduates enrolled in colleges and universities nationwide increased by 98% during the decade 1985 to 1995. Nevertheless, Hispanic student participation continues to lag behind that of the Caucasian and African-American population. Among high school graduates between 18 and 24, 32% of the Hispanic population was enrolled in college, compared with 39% of African Americans and 45% of Caucasians. The majority of Hispanic enrollment in higher education is at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI). HSI community colleges are defined as institutions that are accredited and degree-granting colleges, with 25% or greater total Hispanic undergraduate full-time equivalent enrollment. The purpose of this study was to identify those individuals who influenced the educational decisions of Hispanic community college students enrolled at HSIs. The authors conducted interviews at three HSIs representing varying levels of the HSI designation (from 25% to 91% Hispanic enrollment). Thirty individuals were interviewed at each institution. Sixty percent of interviewees mentioned the influence of family members. Faculty members were mentioned most often after family members (48%), followed by peers (23%). The report makes recommendations for addressing the implications of the findings, including increased communication between faculty and students. Contains 35 references. (NB)
Descriptors: College Choice, College Faculty, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Enrollment Influences, Ethnic Groups, Family Relationship, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Peer Influence, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Conference of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (Seattle, WA, April 19-20, 2002).