Improving Retention and Graduation Rates for Hispanic/Latino Students
Below are just a few highlights taken from a presentation by Angela McGlynn:
McGlynn said many Hispanic students are starting college but are not earning degrees. Hispanic students are more likely to start their education at a community college, and are more likely to take some time off before starting college. Not surprisingly, those who do well tend to stay in college.
Tips for faculty to facilitate Hispanic student success:
- Learn students' names and how to pronounce them correctly.
- Use names in class to boost self-esteem.
- Mentor students.
- Assume students need to learn the basics about taking a college course, so provide a course syllabus, detailed course expectations, and guidelines for student decorum.
- Have students meet other students in your first classes of the term.
- Encourage study pairs or groups.
- Make eye contact with all students.
- Increase waiting time for students to respond to questions.
- Have students write their responses before calling on anyone.
- Coach students who are reticent to speak in class.
- Listen carefully to questions and comments.
- Praise students for their questions and comments.
College-wide tips for promoting Hispanic student success:
- Market and recruit students straight out of high school .
- Create strong developmental programs.
- Provide financial aid to allow full-time status.
- Provide specially-designed orientation.
- Provide special transfer counseling.
- Provide orientation for families of students.
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