Masters Thesis

An Applied research study on Latinos' low college graduation rates: theories and findings

The purpose of this research study is to examine the factors behind the low rates among Latinos in postsecondary education in California in comparison to other ethnic groups. Some of the findings indicate that this gap exists because of problems with higher education institutions in the state and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), lack of support systems for Latino college students in postsecondary education, and Latinos’ unique educational barriers. In addition, the findings imply that Latino students in California come from a modest socioeconomic background; their parents tend to be less educated in comparison to non-Latinos; and they fall behind their counterparts on tests and college preparedness. The following recommendations were developed to improve Latino students’ college graduation rates: a top ten percent plan, socioeconomic status or class based admissions, early academic outreach programs, and improving K-12 and postsecondary coordination.

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