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dc.contributor.advisorHicks, Wilbur
dc.contributor.authorDias, Tamara Wilkerson
dc.contributor.departmentCommunity College Leadership Program
dc.contributor.programEd.D.
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-27T15:03:52Z
dc.date.available2018-04-27T15:03:52Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.description.abstractWhile the number of Latino students taking advantage of higher education opportunities has steadily increased, the completion of degree programs does not mirror this increase (Radford, Berkner, Wheeless, & Shepard, 2010). Prior research has focused on the barriers faced by Latino college students (Garza, 2011; Hernandez, 2002; Radovic, 2012). However, there is limited research on the journeys of Latino community college students and the strategies they use to achieve success. This study utilized Padilla's (1999) Model for Student Success to explore the barriers faced by Latino students at a community college and the strategies used by students to overcome them. Twelve students identified eleven barriers in the categories of personal, financial, coursework, learning, institutional, and student support. These students used experiential, institutional, knowledge about study skills, procedural, relational, and motivational knowledge to address their barriers. They also took strategic, pragmatic, persuasive, and supportive actions. Students emphasized the importance of building relationships with peers and staff and time management skills to balance their demanding work and school schedules. Based on the findings of this qualitative study, several recommendations were made including the expansion of peer tutoring programs, hiring additional translators to support students who are learning English, and the need for stronger relationships between community colleges and local high schools. Due to the positive impact of student-faculty rapport on Latino student success for participants in this study, the institution should also consider ways that students can build relationships with faculty outside of class.
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dc.identifierdoi:10.13016/M23T9D876
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11603/9906
dc.language.isoen
dc.relation.isAvailableAtMorgan State University
dc.rightsThis item is made available by Morgan State University for personal, educational, and research purposes in accordance with Title 17 of the U.S. Copyright Law. Other uses may require permission from the copyright owner.
dc.subjectHigher Education
dc.titleNuestra Experiencia: The Experiences Of Latino Students At Community Colleges In Overcoming Barriers To Persist
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