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ERIC Number: EJ765126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-20
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
It's a Family Affair
Ashburn, Elyse
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n33 pA40 Apr 2007
On paper, Mariella Castillo's family makes her likelier than other students to drop out of college. Her mother left school after the fifth grade, and her father has only a middle-school education. Her parents speak little English, and Castillo, who was born in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi, spoke her first words in Spanish. Numerous studies have shown that students who, like Castillo, are the first in their families to attend college are likelier than others to need remedial math and English, to struggle in their courses, and to lack awareness of campus support services that could improve their chances of graduating. Many first-generation students also have parents who do little to help them stick with their studies. As such, college leaders have begun exploring ways to bring Hispanic families, among others, into academic life--cultural events, parent orientations and counseling sessions, and, now, asking family members to participate in classes. In this article, the author describes how various colleges such as the Dallas County Community College District, the University of New Mexico-Valencia, and Palm Beach Community College developed programs that tap into the families of Hispanic students to help them stay in college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; New Mexico; Texas