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ERIC Number: EJ1045286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
African American and Latina(o) Community College Students' Social Capital and Student Success
Sandoval-Lucero, Elena; Maes, Johanna B.; Klingsmith, Libby
College Student Journal, v48 n3 p522-533 Fall 2014
Using a framework of social and cultural capital, this study examined successful African American and Latina/o community college students. Based on focus group interviews with twenty two African American and Latina/o undergraduates at an urban community college, the authors reveal how social and cultural capital gained from students' relationships and interactions with friends, family, faculty members, student affairs staff and college support services impacted their successful college outcomes. In general, students identified social capital resources in the form of faculty relationships, supportive family, and campus engagement as sources of support for their college success. In addition, students showed personal determination to succeed against all odds displaying important aspirational capital as well. This research illustrates the importance of countering idea that first-time, full-time, four-year college attendance is the only path to college success, and the importance of social capital in helping underrepresented groups of students navigate the college completion process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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