Higher Education

Amaury Nora, Gloria Crisp and Nicole Alia Salis Reyes

in Latino Studies

ISBN: 9780199913701
Published online March 2013 | | DOI:
Higher Education

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Hispanics in the United States have begun to play an integral role in shaping American society. Currently, Latinos are the largest and youngest minority group with a birthrate that accounts for a quarter of all children born in the United States. As such, fostering academic success among Hispanics will become increasingly essential to sustaining the social and economic well-being of the country. Regrettably, Hispanics continue to trail other racial/ethnic groups in terms of undergraduate degree attainment and other measures of postsecondary success. In response to this dilemma facing Hispanics, researchers in higher education have engaged in research that has focused specifically on identifying the characteristics, experiences, and behaviors associated with Hispanic success in college. However, even with the inclusion of work by Hispanic researchers, there are specific areas in the literature that have not been investigated fully, theoretically, and/or empirically. For example, new and theoretically sound notions of Hispanic student success have failed to advance the study of Hispanic undergraduate students, have been shown to be culturally insensitive, or have failed to reflect the experiences of diverse students, including Hispanics. In response, equity-minded higher education researchers have become increasingly engaged in scholarly efforts to understand the student characteristics and experiences that promote successful academic outcomes among Hispanic students. Nora and Crisp 2009 (cited under General Overviews) offers a line of investigation that identifies the research most needed to advance our understanding of how Hispanic students experience college, with a focus toward identifying factors that support student success. Further, research efforts have been dedicated toward understanding how individuals in and around students’ lives, including parents, faculty, and staff, as well as the institutional climate and context, shape Hispanic students’ experiences and academic outcomes.

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Subjects: History of the Americas ; US Cultural History

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