Lack of Latino Students in College

1928 Words Jul 10th, 2018 8 Pages
The current trend in lack of Latino students attending college combines a lack of college readiness with a deficiency in resources to prepare this student population. Increasingly, higher education scholars are accepting these deficiencies as roadblocks to college access, and are looking to preparation programs, parent educational resources, and transition programs as subjects worthy of consideration. There are many different challenges being faced by this population, a population that is the fastest growing minority population in the country. Educators, parents, policy makers, student affairs professionals, and institutional leaders all play a vital role in the advocacy of Latino students on their journey towards admission and acclimation …show more content…
This same topic was both supported and echoed in an article by Nunez and Crisp. The data set provided by Nunez and Crisps elucidates that 41% of Mexican Americans and 42% of Puerto Ricans shared that family reasons affected their choice in pursuing higher education (Nunez & Crisp, 2012). When further investigated that data went on to conclude that “family reasons” specifically meant that the family had in some way held the student back from achieving the higher education. Particular instances identified were that the students were being advised against attending a four-year institution due to distance from the family home or lack of familiarity with the four-year college model. However, not all research is consistent in supporting the idea of family influence serving in a negative role. On the contrary Kristin Calaff’s article states that, “Many first generation Latino parents encourage their children with stories of a successful relative, either real or invented, to help solidify the importance of higher education” (Calaff, 2008). Calaff’s research goes on to explore that intense determination instilled in these students from the parents to provide and encourage for a future and life better then their own (Calaff, 2008). Calaff’s evidence that Latino parents want more opportunities for their children really coincides with Auerbach’s reasoning on why it is vital that parents are aware of