ERIC Number: EJ1054360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Raising the Bar for Hispanic Serving Institutions: An Analysis of College Completion and Success Rates
Contreras, Frances; Contreras, Gilbert J.
Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, v14 n2 p151-170 Apr 2015
Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs) in California have the potential to play a key role in raising Latino college completion rates. However, while HSIs provide access to higher education for Latinos, student success, persistence, and completion rates remain low. This study utilized the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the California Community College Data Mart to examine student outcomes at 2-year and 4-year HSIs in California. Among the key findings, the majority of HSIs show lower college completion rates between Latino students and their peers despite promising persistence rates and college units earned. The findings suggest that traditional models of success may be less relevant for Latino students in predicting college success and 4-year degree completion. Finally, this study introduces new approaches for HSIs to consider in their data collection, reporting, and analytical processes to better serve Latino students and increase college success and completion.
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, College Students, Colleges, Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Academic Persistence, Outcomes of Education, Models, College Transfer Students, Transfer Programs, College Faculty, Community Colleges
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California