Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding the experiences of Latino males in community college
by Castaneda, Gabriela, Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 142; 10118910
Abstract (Summary)

The objective of this study was to explore, identify, and gain an understanding of the experiences and contributing factors that affect Latino male students’ (LMS) attainment of a community college education or transfer to 4-year institutions. Hidden Hills College (HHC; pseudonym) is a large California community college located in an urban setting in Southern California. HHC is primarily a commuter campus and a Hispanic serving institution, regionally accredited by Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

This qualitative study included 22 interviews of currently enrolled students at HHC. The participants, selected based on the sampling criteria, consist of Latino males who had completed at least 24 units and were seeking an AA/AS or transfer to a 4-year institution (California State University, University of California, private). The students were between the ages of 18–24. Additionally, through the literature review, aspirations, familial support, persistence, and challenges were summarized and analyzed, which provided an opportunity to learn about the different contributing factors that support or hinder the transfer or degree attainment of Latino males.

The major findings showed that in relation to challenges experienced by LMS in the pursuit for an associate’s degree or transfer to a 4-year institution are cultural expectations, parents’ lack of understanding, financial hardship, lack of time, and lack of academic preparation. The study also revealed that in relation to strategies used by LMS in their efforts to pursue an associate’s degree or transfer to a 4-year institution are aspirations for a better future, family support, motivation, and campus resources. Recommendation for policy and practice focused on improving and promoting higher education for Latino males, as well as recommendations for further studies are presented.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davis, Shametrice
Commitee: Hunter, Jerome, Vega, William M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership
Keywords: Barriers and challenges, Community college, Community cultural wealth, Cultural expectations, Latino males, Success and strategies
Publication Number: 10118910
ISBN: 978-1-339-80227-5
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