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ERIC Number: EJ1089757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2373-8170
Latino Students in Catholic Postsecondary Institutions
Contreras, Frances
Journal of Catholic Education, v19 n2 Article 5 Jan 2016
Catholic educational institutions play an important role in educating Latino high achieving students. Latino students attending Catholic high schools are more likely to graduate and transition to college immediately following high school. Few studies have examined the outcomes of Latino students who attend Catholic colleges and universities and whether the same level of success experienced by Latinos at the secondary level is also a prevalent phenomenon at the postsecondary level. Using secondary data from the National Center for Education Data Statistics on high schools, SAT data, and data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDs), this article explores the college readiness levels, transition-to-college rates of Latinos attending Catholic high schools, and outcomes for Latinos who attended select Catholic doctoral-granting institutions. Longitudinal cohort data is examined to explore these outcome data for Latino students compared to national averages, and across doctoral institutions which account for 5.1% of all Catholic postsecondary institutions. Among the key findings, Latino students who enroll in Catholic colleges and universities have higher four-year and six-year degree completion rates, yet Latino enrollment rates remain smaller than the proportion of Latinos at the high school level in the K-12 sector. Recommendations are discussed to improve the overall outcomes of Latinos in Catholic universities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; District of Columbia; Florida; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Massachusetts; Minnesota; Missouri; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Wisconsin
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