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ERIC Number: ED516295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
Reality Check: Hispanic-Serving Institutions on the Texas Border Strategizing Financial Aid
Santiago, Deborah A.
Excelencia in Education (NJ1)
Increasing college degree completion is an important goal. As Latino representation in U.S. higher education grows, a reality check of institutional practices that support Latino students' access, persistence, and graduation is needed. This brief examines financial aid strategies aimed at increasing enrollment, academic success and degree completion at eight Texas Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) located along the U.S.-Mexico border serving low-income communities. The following colleges and universities along the Texas border rank among the top institutions, both statewide and nationally, in enrolling and graduating Latino students: (1) Texas A&M International University; (2) The University of Texas at Brownsville; (3) The University of Texas at El Paso; (4) The University of Texas Pan American; (5) Laredo Community College; (6) Texas Southmost College; (7) El Paso County Community College District; and (8) South Texas College. These institutions have increased access during challenging economic times and are implementing strategies to address both the students' and the institutions' financial constraints in efforts to improve student persistence and degree completion. This paper presents several key findings, financial aid strategies, and policy recommendations for addressing the access and retention of Latino students in the Texas border region. [This brief was developed with the support of the TG Public Benefit Grant Program. For the executive summary, see ED516297.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Excelencia in Education
Identifiers - Location: Texas