ERIC Number: EJ1201638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Community College First-Year Experience Programs in Promoting Transfer among Latino Male Students
Peña, Mauro Ivan; Rhoads, Robert A.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v43 n3 p186-200 2019
A qualitative case study approach was used to examine Latino male students and First-Year Experience (FYE) programs aimed at promoting student transfer. Two FYE programs at two community colleges in California were studied: Bridgetown Community College and Portlake Community College (pseudonyms). Study participants included four groups: Latino male FYE students, Latino male FYE alumni, FYE counselors, and FYE coordinators. Data collection strategies included semi-structured interviews, site observations, and document analysis. Analysis of data involved both deductive and inductive approaches, and resulted in identification of four findings critical to the success of FYE programs and their work with Latino males: (a) the need to support help-seeking behaviors, (b) the need to address the "long journey" to transfer, (c) the need to support students' work burden and financial constraints, and (d) the need to incorporate approachable and culturally responsive practices. Overall, the study offers insights into how community colleges might strengthen transfer support for Latino males through FYE programs.
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Males, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Academic Persistence, College Transfer Students, Student Experience, Alumni, Counselors, First Year Seminars, Program Effectiveness, Success, Cultural Capital, Barriers, Help Seeking, Money Management, Family Influence, College Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California