ERIC Number: EJ857710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Why Latino Students Are Failing to Attend College
Stern, Gary M.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n1 p46-49 Sep 2009
When the University of Chicago's Consortium on Chicago School Research published "From High School to the Future: Potholes on the Road to College" in March 2008, it wasn't expecting to focus on the major problems faced by Latino students in applying to, enrolling in, and attending college. But as its research expanded, it was clear that Latino students encounter more problems than do African-Americans and whites in gaining access to four-year colleges. The report is yet another wake-up call to educators to provide academic support and counseling to Latino high school students or face a continued decline in Hispanic college enrollment. The Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) study was based on a longitudinal exploration of students in 12 high school English classrooms in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and on surveys filed by every high school student in CPS. After more extensive research, the researchers concluded that Latinos "lacked social capital around college. They encounter many obstacles along every step of the process." Many Latino students don't know how to conduct a college search, how to decide on a career, or whether to attend a two- or four-year college. And many Latino students are risk-averse. One of the chief potholes for many Latinos or other minorities is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms, the key financial aid form. According to Melissa Roderick, codirector of the CCSR, FAFSA is "one of the most complicated forms on the planet." Having a strong college climate in a high school also plays a critical role in helping students attend. Suggestions on how schools can create a strong college climate are presented.
Descriptors: High Schools, College Students, Consortia, Student Financial Aid, Social Capital, Enrollment, Hispanic American Students, College Attendance, Universities, African American Students, Whites, Access to Education, Longitudinal Studies, Barriers, Educational Research
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