Study Invitation – Hispanic Alumni of New York State Colleges and Universities Who Graduated from U.S Public High Schools

ANNOUNCEMENT for

Hispanic Alumni

of New York State Colleges and Universities

Who Graduated from U.S Public High Schools[1]

You are invited to participate in research on Hispanic bachelor’s degree attainment at New York State higher education institutions.  This study is being conducted as doctoral research in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University at Buffalo.  The main purpose of the study is to further understanding of Hispanics’ educational experiences within U.S. public schools and differently ranked colleges and universities.  This research has the potential to advance knowledge on Hispanic college retention and degree completion in the U.S. and contribute to the development of practices and polices beneficial for the educational advancement of U.S. Hispanics.

Study participation consists of short questionnaires, individual interviews, and tentative focus group interviews with other Hispanic alumni.  Narratives of your educational trajectories to bachelor’s degree attainment will be sought via interviews. All identities will be concealed in the final report and study results will be made available to participants.  Please contact Darlene García Torres at dgarcia4@buffalo.edu if you are willing to participate in the study and/or for more information regarding the study.

STUDY BACKGROUND:

According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2014), the Hispanic  population is projected to nearly double by the year 2060, yet the percentage of Hispanics with a bachelor’s degree or higher is less than the percentages of Whites, African Americans, and Asians with a bachelor’s degree or higher. The educational attainment information for Hispanics provided by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals problematic trends for both genders across age groups.  Most notably, more Hispanics obtain a high school diploma than any other degree type, and for Hispanics who do attend college, a greater proportion do not obtain a degree of any type.  Evidently, while Hispanics are gaining entry to college, many are leaving college early without completing their degree programs.

Recent data suggest that some gains in education have been made by U.S. Hispanics.  For example, from 2012 to 2013, the percentage of Hispanic college enrollment was greater than White non-Hispanic and African American enrollment, and second to Asian college enrollment, and the Hispanic high school dropout rate, while higher than rates for all other groups (White, African-American, and Asian), was at 15% in 2012, dropping significantly from 30% in the year 2000 (Lopez & Fry, 2013). While the recent trend of high college enrollment appears advantageous for the educational and occupational advancement of Hispanics, the high numbers of Hispanics exiting college without a degree is cause for concern.  Much research has been conducted on Hispanic college access, but less information has been gathered regarding Hispanic students’ four-year college completion.

 

Lopez, M. H., & Fry, R. (2013). Among recent high school grads, Hispanic college enrollment rate surpasses that of Whites. Pew Research Center Fact Tank: News in the Numbers Blog.  Retrieved from http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/09/04/hispanic-college-enrollment-rate-surpasses-whites-for-the-first-time

U.S. Census Bureau. (2014). 2014 National Population Projections: Summary Tables.  Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/population/projections/data/national/2014/summarytables.html

[1] Because this study targets recent experiences in U.S. schools, all participants must be 26 years of age or younger.

Hispanic Bachelor’s Degree Attainment RECRUITMENT FLYER

SUNY Buffalo Institutional Review Board STUDY APPROVAL

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