Tools and Resources
Past initiative — Conducted September 1, 2013 - October 31, 2015

Tools and Resources for Latino Student Engagement and Transfer

As part of a special initiative—Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College Completion—the Center has created online resources and tools for college leaders to use as they work to strengthen Latino student engagement, transfer, and college completion. This work was made possible by generous grants from The Kresge Foundation and Greater Texas Foundation.

Conducting Focus Groups
Fact Sheet
References
Videos
List of Participating Institutions
Institutions Working Together

 

Conducting Focus Groups

This focus group manual, a comprehensive "how-to" guide on conducting focus groups, was designed for the Center's focus group work with its ten partner community colleges and universities. The components of the manual have been adapted and can be customized for wider use by community colleges and universities interested in conducting focus groups to support Latina/o student success.

Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College Completion: Focus Group Manual

The focus group protocols and questions below were used at the ten partner colleges and universities and have been adapted for wider use.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROTOCOLS
Students | Faculty and Staff

UNIVERSITY PROTOCOLS
Students | Faculty and Staff

 

Fact Sheet

The fact sheet captures key findings collected through an extensive literature review on Latino student engagement, transfer, and college completion. Sources include published works by initiative partners and other experts on this issue, representing Excelencia in Education, College Board's Advocacy and Policy Center, Civil Rights Project at UCLA, Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy, and Education Trust, among others.

 

References

The bibliography provides a list of resources to support colleges in their conversations and practices regarding successful Latino student engagement, transfer, and college completion.

 

Videos on Latina/o Student Engagement and Transfer

The videos below were drawn from the focus groups conducted with Latina/o students in community colleges and universities across the country. The focus groups and interviews provide a space for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to share their experiences and articulate their thoughts about what helps Latina/o students achieve their academic goals—what barriers make it difficult for them, and what cultural assets and knowledges they bring with them to the institutions from their families and communities. There are no more qualified informants regarding student experiences than the students themselves.

Engaging Latino Students 8 video screenshot Engaging Latino Students 2 video screenshot Engaging Latino Students 11 video screenshot Engaging Latino Students 14 video screenshot

See more video clips about Latina/o Student Engagement and Transfer on the Center's YouTube Channel: Engaging Latino Students

 

List of Participating Partner Community Colleges and Universities

The Center conducted focus groups with Latina and Latino students in spring 2015 at the following partner colleges and universities:

California
Oxnard College
California State University, Channel Islands

Florida
Valencia College-Osceola Campus
University of Central Florida

Texas
The Alamo Colleges
The University of Texas at San Antonio

El Paso Community College
The University of Texas at El Paso

Houston Community College
University of Houston

 

Institutions Working Together

Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College 
                Completion: Partner Institutions Collaborating for Lation Student Success

At the close of the initiative, community college and four-year institution partners jointly prepared Collaborative Vignettes. Each summary captures a shared program, strategy, or initiative they are using to strengthen Latino student engagement, transfer, and/or college completion. Institutions also describe outcomes of the program/strategy and provide data that document those outcomes.

Center for Community College Student Engagement
—a Research and Service Initiative—
Program in Higher Education Leadership | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy  | College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
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