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ERIC Number: ED514085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 185
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-2881-4
The College/University Experience of Latino AVID Students
Herrera, Ricardo
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles
Latinos are graduating from high school at very low rates and they have one of the lowest college-going and completion rates in this country. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) was born out of a need to help low-income minority students in the academic middle gain a challenging college-preparatory education and earn admission to post-secondary institutions with the focus on four-year colleges/universities. However, little research exists on Latino AVID students' collegiate experiences. This study focused on the experience of 18 Latino AVID alumni who were in their first or second year at California community colleges, California State Universities, or University of California campuses. I gained an understanding of how connected these students felt towards their peers and institutions and I was able to glean from the interviews which AVID experiences students thought had positively affected their collegiate experiences. Findings from the study show that many students reported that AVID had equipped them with a number of the skills that they needed to navigate college. However, AVID college students said they still needed support systems at their institutions. In fact, many of them sought to replicate their AVID experience by joining groups that provided them with a sense of belonging or by establishing peer study groups. Furthermore, several students also reported facing obstacles in adjusting to their institutions. In most cases, the commuter students lacked the necessary support on campus or at home and had difficulties establishing connections with their peers and professors. This study also found that the majority of students were an altruistic group who sought to make a difference with their college education and position themselves to be agents of change for their communities. While generalizations are difficult to make because of the small sample, the results are strongly suggestive and point the way for future research. In a series of recommendations, the study suggests future policy to provide these students with the necessary support to help them achieve their academic goals. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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