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Latino student perceptions of college experiences at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
by Garcia-McMillian, Darilis, Ph.D., Hampton University, 2014, 145; 3629576
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined Latino student college experiences at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Black enrollment at HBCUs has been decreasing and, as a result, HBCUs are turning to non-Black students to make up the enrollment deficit. One group sought after by some HBCUs is Latino students. Comprising 15.2% of the population in the United States, Latinos are the largest minority group and these numbers are expected to grow another 29% by 2050. Five undergraduate students at two HBCUs were interviewed for this qualitative study. Findings revealed five themes from participants' college experiences—campus involvement, cultural integration, faculty involvement, family support, and financing of college education. Administrators in academic affairs, enrollment management, and student affairs can consider the study's findings in order to plan Latino student initiatives. A challenge in American higher education has been the Latino educational pipeline; as such, this study is significant because it expands research on Latino college experiences at HBCUs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ramirez-Smith, Christina
Commitee: Jallim-Hall, Martha, Johnson, Stephanie, Oropeza, Marivel
School: Hampton University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 75/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Ethnic studies, Hispanic American studies, Higher education
Keywords: College experiences, HBCUs, Historically Black, Latino, Phenomenology, Qualitative, Students
Publication Number: 3629576
ISBN: 978-1-321-06703-3
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