Now the largest and fastest-growing ethnic population in the U.S., Latino students face many challenges and complexities when it comes to college choice and access. This edited volume provides much needed theoretical and empirical data on how the schooling experiences of Latino students shape their educational aspirations and access to higher education. It explores how the individual and collective influence of the home, school and policy shape the college decision-making process.
This unique collection of original scholarly articles offers critical insight on educational pathways that will help families, educators and policy makers intervene in ways that foster and sustain college access and participation for Latino students. It considers destination preferences and enrollment selections, elementary and secondary school experiences, and intervention programs that shed light on how practitioners can promote participation and retention. This multi-conceptual, multi-methodological volume offers directions for future research, programming and policy in Latino education.
1. Introduction: What do we Know About Latina/o College Access and Choice? Patricia A. Pérez and Miguel Ceja Part I: Home, Elementary, & Secondary Context 2. Sixth Grade Teachers’ Perceptions of the College Bound Student Jolene McCall, Maria Estela Zarate, and Wendy Y. Perez 3. Constructing College "Choice" for Latino Students: The Organizational Culture of an Urban Catholic High School Paul Rodriguez and Anne-Marie Nuñez 4. Unpacking the Layers: Financial Aid and Latino High School Students’ Postsecondary Plans José Muñoz and Blanca Rincón 5. A Model for Understanding the Latina/o Student and Parent College-going Negotiation Process Cynthia Alvarez Part II: Political Context & Postsecondary Choice 6. Neoliberal Futures and Postsecondary Opportunity: Janet Napolitano and the Politics of Latina/o College Choice Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Carlos Cruz, Diana Madriz, and Cindy Melendrez-Flores 7. Rising Voices: College Opportunity and Choice Among Latina/o Undocumented Students Patricia A. Pérez, James L. Rodríguez, and Josue Guadarrama 8. The Behavioral Typology of First-time Latina/o Students: The Application in Three Hispanic-serving Community Colleges Lu Liu, Barbara McNeice-Stallard, Dustin Tamashiro, John Barkman, and Lan Hao 9. Latina/o Students’ College Destinations: Gender, Generational Status, and College Sector Selectivity Karla I. Loya, Jihee Hwang, and Leticia Oseguera 10. La Selección Latina: Latina/o Students at Selective Four-year Colleges and Universities Joseph J. Ramirez and Sylvia Hurtado Part III: Model College Access & Transition Programs 11. Rethinking College Access Programs: Latinos, Immigrants, and Community Colleges Mary Martinez-Wenzl and Patricia Gándara 12. Community Cultural Wealth and Latina/o College Choice: The Role of a College Access Program Brianne A. Dávila and Roseanne M. Macias 13. Supporting the College Transition Process and Early Academic Success Through an Integrative Summer Learning Experience Jermaine F. Williams and Frank E. Ross III 14. Conclusion: Toward a New Latina/o College Access and Choice Agenda Miguel Ceja and Patricia A. Pérez