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Glenda musoba

  1. 1. What is Unique about Driving Latino/Hispanic Student Success Glenda Droogsma Musoba Florida International University Miami
  2. 2. Many kinds of Hispanic/Latino Students Endowed – will make it without our help
  3. 3. Challenged – need our help First generation (low parent education) Limited English Lack knowledge of US educ. system Lower incomes Weaker curriculum assignment in HS Weaker high schools Less than full documentation
  4. 4. Latino high schoolers • Student aspirations are high • Rigorous math in 8th grade (↑rising but need more) • College prep curriculum track ↑ • AP classes ↑ • Classes at graduation don’t match performance in 10th grade would predict • Students and parents trust high school placement
  5. 5. Parents and high school • No blaming parents (myth) • Parent aspirations are high • Parent encouragement is high • College knowledge is low about steps to take and when to take them – Help select courses – Monitor grades and on track to graduate – Plan and prep for PSAT/SAT/ACT
  6. 6. Parents and College • Don’t know how to help select college • Don’t know the differences in graduation probability based on where student starts • More likely to rely on formal information sources which are limited in many urban HS • Dislike financial aid application questions • Don’t understand the out of class expectations at the U
  7. 7. How we can help parents • Let go of myth that Latinos don’t value education • Bilingual parent education on college web sites • Parent orientation • Include parents in the experience • Parent newsletter • Use faith communities • Help with FAFSA
  8. 8. Students in college • Undecided major - Know only the TV careers • More likely to start at Community College where financial aid applications are low and completion rates are low • CC by definition means an extra transition • Lack college knowledge so any college feels unfamiliar • Cultural incongruence with the competitive environments of selective institutions
  9. 9. What FIU students like? • Predominantly Hispanic, female, upper division, AA transfers 24% of all FIU undergrads are Upper Division Hispanic females, most transfers
  10. 10. Increasing Latino student success • Keep connection to family - first year especially • Telling to “cut the cord” = “don’t be Latino” • Small group affiliation more important to fit than total campus affiliation • Discussing coursework outside of class is beneficial so learning communities are useful • Collaborative learning (small group tutoring)
  11. 11. Increasing Latino student success • Check for counter policies (requiring on campus living may harm recent immigrant Latino students) • Advising – we’ve added face to face and degree tracking – Community C have high advisor student ratios so don’t count on them • First year experience for college knowledge – Instructor pedagogy balance – Links to U resources and key academic topics
  12. 12. Marker Classes • College Algebra – Gateway to major in STEM & Business – Highest DFW (below passing grade or withdrew) rate in U – At FIU about 25 to 30% passing rate on first attempt (similar rates at non-selective institutions that don’t make this a priority) – At FIU, if passed College Algebra: 91% retained to next yr. If failed College Algebra: 74% retained
  13. 13. Undecided about major • Once students in a major, vast majority graduate • AA transfer students’ advantage—usually have a major • Bridge advisors - Advising center staff housed in colleges – Working to link students to majors so not lost after first year • FYE section for undecided students with career selection content
  14. 14. Can’t get into major • Career expansion efforts (beyond TV careers) • Open more slots • Help identify when it is not happening and support (tough love vs. let them keep trying)
  15. 15. Increasing student financial success • Less likely to apply for financial aid • Parents concerned about privacy and FAFSA • Encourage financial aid • Financial aid for undocumented – know the informal information
  16. 16. Discussion/Questions

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