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ERIC Number: EJ1055319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: EISSN-1941-3432
Promoting Hispanic Student Retention in Two Texas Community Colleges
Samuel, Karissa R.; Scott, Joyce A.
Research in Higher Education Journal, v25 Sep 2014
Texas' Hispanic population has increased dramatically since 2000 as have Hispanic enrollments in higher education (+118%). Despite having the largest spike in college enrollment, Hispanic students' completion rates remain the lowest among all ethnic groups. To identify institutional practices that might encourage Hispanic student retention, researchers surveyed 100 first-time students at two Hispanic-serving metropolitan community colleges in Texas during the 2012-2013 academic year. Survey response data were analyzed using a variety of statistical methods. Results indicated that Hispanic students chose to attend college because they wanted a better future (80%) or wanted to learn new skills (41%) and that the majority was paying for college with cash. In terms of institutional practices, students identified meal plans, on-campus child care, mandatory orientation, and work-study opportunities as most important campus services to help them balance academic and social obligations and stay in school. Institutional initiatives to build parental and peer support were valued as were non-traditional forms of financial aid such as book vouchers, supplemental education services, and club scholarships. Community colleges often attract students who are less prepared for college than those who attend 4-year institutions, and with the growth of the Hispanic student demographic, it is important for them to devise institutional practices that support these students' retention and completion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas