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Hispanic students most likely to consider ‘stopping out’ of college


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The latest poll of Hispanic community college students finds more than half have considered quitting school in the last year.

In the Lumina Foundation/Gallup poll, one in four Hispanic students said he or she often experiences discrimination in post-high-school programs. In Florida, Hispanic students outperform their white, non-Hispanic counterparts by 10 percentage points in graduation rates at two-year institutions, but their graduation rate at four-year schools is eight percentage points lower than their white peers.

Gallup education researcher Zach Hrynowski noted that nationally, the gap in degree completion between Latino and white students has increased.

“Even among their peers, it’s particularly high, so 43% of Black students have considered stopping out in the last six months, 36% of white students and 30% of Asian students,” he said. “So, while this is a challenge for all students across the board, it does appear to be a unique challenge for Hispanic students.”

In the poll, respondents reported feelings of wanting to leave in all college programs, but they were highest in industrial certification programs, which are often taught outside higher-ed classrooms.

The poll also revealed other factors that can lead to dropping out: Hispanic students are more likely to be responsible for taking care of family members, and others cited affordability.

Courtney Brown, vice president for strategic impact and planning at the Lumina Foundation, said campuses need to tune in to these sensitive issues, as well as addressing discrimination and harassment.

“They need to work on those policies,” she said. “They need to make sure they can educate all their faculty and staff on discrimination. They need to establish a process for publicly resolving discrimination issues, and make sure that they have an anti-retaliation program, so that students feel safe in even reporting the harassment.”

The National Center for Education Statistics found that college enrollment grew between 2000 and 2020 – but has declined in recent years, which some attribute to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Encuesta: Estudiantes hispanos los que más se plantean dejar la universidad

Hispanic students

La ultima encuesta entre estudiantes hispanos de colegios comunitarios revela que mas de la mitad han considerado la posibilidad de abandonar sus estudios en el ultimo ano.

En la encuesta de la Fundacion Lumina/Gallup, uno de cada cuatro estudiantes hispanos dijo que a menudo experimentan discriminacion en los programas post-preparatoria.

En Florida, los estudiantes hispanos superan a sus homologos blancos y no hispanos en 10 puntos porcentuales en las tasas de graduacion en instituciones de dos anos. Pero su tasa de graduacion en las escuelas de cuatro anos es 8% mas baja que la de sus pares blancos.

El investigador de educacion de Gallup, Zach Hrynowski, senala que, a nivel nacional, la brecha en la finalizacion de titulos entre estudiantes latinos y blancos ha aumentado.

“Incluso entre sus pares, es particularmente alto, por lo que el 43% de los estudiantes negros han considerado dejar la escuela en los ultimos seis meses, el 36% de los estudiantes blancos y el 30% de los estudiantes asiaticos,” informa Hrynowski. “Entonces, si bien este es un desafio para todos los estudiantes en general, parece ser un reto unico para los estudiantes hispanos.”

En el sondeo, los encuestados reportaron sentimientos de querer abandonar todos los programas universitarios, pero fueron mas altos en los programas de certificacion industrial, que a menudo se imparten fuera de las aulas de educacion superior.

La encuesta tambien revela otros factores que pueden llevar al abandono: los estudiantes hispanos tienen mas probabilidades de ser responsables del cuidado de familiares. Otros citan la accesibilidad.

Courtney Brown, de la Fundacion Lumina, afirma que las universidades deben prestar atencion a estas cuestiones delicadas, asi como abordar la discriminacion y el acoso.

“Necesitan trabajar en esas politicas,” asegura Brown. “Deben asegurarse de poder educar a todos sus profesores y personal en materia de discriminacion. Tienen que establecer un proceso para resolver publicamente los problemas de discriminacion, y asegurarse de que cuentan con un programa contra las represalias, para que los estudiantes se sientan seguros incluso denunciando el acoso.”

Segun el Centro Nacional de Estadisticas de la Educacion, la matricula universitaria aumento entre 2000 y 2020, pero ha disminuido en los ultimos anos, lo que algunos atribuyen a la pandemia de COVID-19.

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