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ERIC Number: ED537724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 50
Hispanic Student Participation and Success in Developmental Education. White Paper Prepared for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Nora, Amaury; Crisp, Gloria
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
As has been known for some time now, the Hispanic population is projected to grow to 25% of the total United States population by 2050. In spite of this growth, substantial disparities exist between Hispanics and other ethnic groups in terms of bachelor's degree attainment (Llagas & Snyder, 2003). In response, there is a rapidly growing body of evidence to understand the role of student characteristics, perceptions, academic and social experiences and behaviors, both independently and collectively influence undergraduate Hispanic student engagements and/or academic outcomes (see review by Nora & Crisp, 2009). Developmental education is a key college experience assumed to open doors to economic and educational advancement among traditionally underrepresented groups by resolving barriers that impede access to a college degree (Bahr, 2010a). Hispanics are among the groups assumed to benefit from developmental education as the overrepresentation of Latino/s in remedial coursework is well documented (e.g., Bettinger & Long, 2005; Grimes & David, 1999; Penny, White, & William, 1998). However, there is a notable absence of empirical evidence documenting the role of remedial education in promoting success for Hispanic students. As such, the purpose of this white paper is to summarize what is currently known regarding Latino/a students who participate in developmental education at both two and four-year institutions. The authors begin by describing the characteristics of developmental education. Next, they provide a profile of characteristics and outcomes for Latino/a students who participate in remediation. A brief synthesis of the developmental education literature is given, providing emphasis to studies that have included or disaggregated findings for Latino/a students. They conclude with key recommendations for research, theory, and policy. (Contains 2 tables.) [Portions of this paper were presented by Crisp & Delgado at the conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) in November, 2011.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)