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ERIC Number: ED537725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 97
Future Research on Hispanic Students: What Have We yet to Learn? "and" What New and Diverse Perspectives Are Needed to Examine Latino Success in Higher Education? White Paper Prepared for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Nora, Amaury; Crisp, Gloria
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Hispanics continue to play an increasing role in shaping American society, as they are currently the largest and youngest minority group and whose birth rate accounts for a quarter of all children born in the United States (Pew Hispanic Center, 2009). This increase in the total number of Hispanics will result in a corresponding increase in college enrollments. Unfortunately, Hispanics currently lag behind other groups in terms of bachelor's degree attainment (Fry, 2004; Llagas & Snyder, 2003) with no significant changes in higher education that could alter graduation rates for this minority group. As such, U.S. President Obama's administrative goal to increase postsecondary attainment levels to exceed all other countries in the next decade will be impossible to reach without finding ways to increase and support the academic success of Hispanic students (Nunez & Crisp, 2011). This effort extends a recent review by the authors (2009) by offering a line of investigation that identifies research most needed to advance the understanding of how Hispanic students experience college, with a focus toward identifying factors that support student success. First the authors highlight several specific methodological, conceptual, and theoretical issues limiting the existing knowledge base on Hispanic students. Within the identification of those issues, they call for new perspectives that they hope researchers will consider in studying the success of Hispanic college students. They then discuss what they believe to be areas of research that deserve the immediate attention of higher education scholars, incorporating recommendations from scholars engaged in work on Hispanic student success.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)