How 12 Colleges Help Hispanic Students Succeed

June 18, 2008

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.

That’s 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 institution’s undergraduates are Hispanic. —Elyse Ashburn