New Roles Focus on First-Generation Students’ Issues
One-third of college students are the first-generation, and four-year colleges are devoting more resources, creating administrative positions to support them.
Contreras, Ph.D. / / August 2011
Despite their numbers, Latinos continue to lack full and equal participation in all facets of American life, including education. This book provides a critical discussion of the role that select K–12 educational policies have and continue to play in failing Latino students. The author draws upon institutional, national, and statewide data, as well as interviews with students, teachers, and college administrators, to explore the role that public policies play in educating Latino students. The book concludes with specific recommendations that aim to raise achievement, college transition rates, and success among Latino students from preschool through college.
Chapters cover high dropout rates, access to college-preparation resources, testing and accountability, financial aid, the DREAM Act, and affirmative action.