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ERIC Number: EJ906627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Latinos and College Access: Trends and Future Directions
Zarate, Maria Estela; Burciaga, Rebeca
Journal of College Admission, n209 p24-29 Fall 2010
President Barack Obama has called education "the economic issue of our time", explaining that the rise in unemployment among those without a college education is growing and eight of 10 new jobs created in the US are more likely to hire people with higher education degrees. Indeed, change is what the educational system needs to increase opportunities to access higher education for Latino students who are among the most underrepresented racial groups in higher education. Latinos are the largest non-white ethnic group in the United States, estimated to comprise 15.4 percent of the population, and are growing at a much faster rate than the rest of the nation. Latinos' youthful presence is visible in the nation's public schools, with Latinos projected to comprise 25 percent of all students enrolled in US public schools in 2025. This demographic shift is associated with a widening gap in college enrollment between Latino and white students. Unfortunately, this association is often mistakenly interpreted as a causal relationship between being Latino and not going to college. In reality, there are discernible differences in schooling experiences between students who enroll in college and those that do not. This article provides a general overview of trends in Latinos' educational pathways to higher education, highlights barriers to a baccalaureate degree, and provides suggestions for increasing access to higher education for Latino students. Access to higher education is a broad research field, so emphasis is placed on specific emerging issues that merit the attention of practitioners: (1) transferring from community college; (2) gender differences in college enrollment; (3) access to financial aid; and (4) undocumented students. (Contains 1 table and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; United States