How 12 Colleges Help Hispanic Students Succeed

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Wed Jun 18 19:27:46 UTC 2008

June 18, 2008
How 12 Colleges Help Hispanic Students Succeed

Looking to make Hispanic students feel more welcome on your campus? The
solution can be as simple as training faculty members in how to correctly
pronounce non-English names. Thats what El Camino College, a two-year
institution in Torrance, Calif., does to improve classroom participation
among not only Hispanic students, but Asian students as well. The training
program is highlighted in a report, Modeling HSIs: Campus Practices That
Work for Latino Students, that was released today by Excelencia in
Education, a nonprofit policy group.

The report focuses on 12 Hispanic-serving institutions in California, New
York, and Texas that have had particular success in both enrolling and
graduating Hispanic students. Those colleges and universities use many
tried-and-true strategies like increasing community outreach and
bolstering academic support to improve Hispanic students educational
outcomes. Doing so, though, requires both strong leadership and savvy use
of resources, the report says.

The report is the third in a series on Hispanic-serving institutions, a
federal designation granted if at least 25 percent of an institutions
students are Hispanic and 50 percent of those are from low-income
families. Elyse Ashburn


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