ERIC Number: ED471578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Community College Model of Student Immigration, Language, GPA, and Course Completion.
Hagedorn, Linda; Maxwell, William; Chen, Alex; Cypers, Scott; Moon, Hye Sun
California's population is expected to grow from 33.9 million in 2000 to 45 million by 2020. In addition, Latinos are expected to outnumber Caucasians by the year 2020. In Los Angeles County, the Latino population is already 45%, compared with 31% Caucasian, 13% Asian, 9% African American, and 1% other. This manuscript offers a new model of course completion for urban community college students who declare Hispanic/Latino as their ethnic group. It is based on an earlier model that included all the students in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). Hispanics lead all other ethnic groups with the percentage of 16-24 year olds who have dropped out of school, have historically been the lowest group in terms of SAT scores, and are least likely to go to college. California's community colleges represent a pivotal point of access for Latino students. This study utilized the Transfer and Retention of Urban Community College Students (TRUCCS) questionnaire, administering the final instrument during the spring 2000 semester to 5,000 students in 241 classrooms in 9 colleges in the LACCD. Ninety-six percent of the sample signed release forms. Of those 4,433, 2,461 reported their ethnicity as Latino/Hispanic. The results indicate that the only credible effects on course completion or GPA were age and academic attitude. (Contains 53 references.) (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Acculturation, Community Colleges, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity, Diversity (Student), English (Second Language), Ethnic Groups, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Latin Americans, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, Outcomes of Education, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.usc.edu/dept/education/truccs/ Immigration%20Paper2.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: California