Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College Completion
A partnership between NSSE and the Center for Community College Student Engagement funded by the Kresge Foundation and the Greater Texas Foundation
As both community colleges and baccalaureate institutions across the US work to improve student success and college completion outcomes, while maintaining and improving the quality of students’ educational experiences, they face persistent and troubling gaps in educational attainment across diverse populations of students. Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing minority population in the US, yet they remain underrepresented and underserved in higher education. Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College Completion, funded by The Kresge Foundation and Greater Texas Foundation, and conducted by NSSE in collaboration with the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) at The University of Texas at Austin and in partnership with Excelencia in Education, focuses on strengthening the engagement and success of Latino students in major urban areas—particularly in California, Michigan, and Texas, states with large and growing urban Latino populations.
Twenty-four institutions from urban locations—that is, 12 pairs of community colleges and baccalaureate institutions—are participants. Among other commitments, selected institutional pairs will bring teams of five leaders from each institution to an intensive 2 1/2-day institute focused on strengthening the engagement, transfer, and college completion of their Latino students. Substantial data work and discussion prior to the institute prepares the teams for development of a collaborative action plan to be implemented on their campuses.
The Latino Student Engagement Institute will provide participating institutions the opportunity to form networks and develop action plans that focus on Latino engagement and success; accreditation projects on efforts to enhance Latino outcomes; improved staffing patterns and roles; and strategies for gathering evidence and monitoring the impact of institutional practices and initiatives.
Jillian Kinzie, NSSE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kay McClenney, CCCSE (email@example.com)
The syntax linked below can be used to reproduce the disaggregated reports NSSE provided to assist in the completion of the Short Term Action Plan.