Barriers Faced by Hispanic Students Transferring From Community Colleges to University. An Ethnographic Approach

Author: Alexander, Bobby
Alexander, Bobby
Year:2012
Pages:176
ISBN:0-7734-3043-1
978-0-7734-3043-3
Price:139.95
A careful analysis compiled from six case studies of factors that impede educational success among Hispanic high school graduates going on to college. Scholars will be able to find out the subjective reasons why Hispanic students drop out of college at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group. Filled with qualitative and quantitative analysis, this text provides evidence and gives a brief, but narrow entranceway into the lives of Hispanic college students.

Reviews

“This is a lucid work that offers a practical approach to invite us to debate and think about the way intervention may be designed to enhance the accessibility of higher education for Hispanic students.”

-Prof. Rodolfo Hernandez,
University of Texas at Dallas


“Overall, the book will be valuable to faculty, counselors, and policymakers interested in the success of Latinos and other underserved students in higher education.”
-Prof. Laura I. Rendon,
University of Texas – San Antonio


Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOREWORD Richard Fry, Ph.D., Pew Hispanic Center
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Bobby C. Alexander, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas, and Victor Garcia, Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
CHAPTER ONE: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC APPROACH TO
STUDYING BARRIERS TO TRANSFERRING HISPANIC STUDENTS
Bobby C. Alexander
With special assistance from Laura Gonzalez, Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE ON BARRIERS TO 23 TRANSFER
Bobby C. Alexander
CHAPTER THREE: FIPSE PROJECT STRATEGIES 39
Bobby C. Alexander
CHAPTER FOUR: THE ETHNOGRAPHIC METHOD 63
Victor Garcia and Laura Gonzalez
CHAPTER FIVE: FIPSE STUDENT CASE STUDIES 73
Victor Garcia, Laura Gonzalez, and Geoffrey A. Grimes, Ph.D., Mountain View College, Dallas County Community College District
CHAPTER SIX: OBSERVATIONS OF TRANSFER BARRIERS 89
Victor Garcia
CHAPTER SEVEN: SUGGESTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POLICY AND PRACTICE
Victor Garcia and Bobby C. Alexander
CHAPTER EIGHT: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH
Victor Garcia
APPENDIX A: COURSE SYLLABUS: “CULTURAL STUDIES” 133
Laura Gonzalez and Geoffrey A. Grimes
THE GENEALOGY PROJECT 137
Laura Gonzalez
ENDNOTES 141
REFERENCES 149