Dr. Victor Saenz of Project MALES and Dr. Luis Ponjuan published a policy brief, “Latino males: Improving college access and degree completion — A new national imperative” in Perspectivas: Issues in Higher Education Policy and Practice, during the Spring 2012 semester. The executive summary reads:
The educational future for Latino male students is in a state of crisis, a trend that has been especially evident at the secondary and postsecondary levels in recent years. In 2010, three out of every five associate or bachelor’s degrees granted to Latinos were earned by females, and the degree-completion gaps are growing across all critical junctures in higher education. The question of why Latino males are struggling to succeed in America’s colleges is complex, and this brief explores some key factors that may be perpetuating this trend at two- and four-year institutions. Specifically, we highlight key findings from our most recent research to inform how institutions can reshape their campus and academic life programming, as well as retool their efforts in outreach and education. We also provide a review of promising institutional practices.
Saenz & Ponjuan (2012). Latino Males: Improving College Access and Degree Completion — A New National Imperative. Perspectivas, Issues in Higher Education Policy and Practice, a new series published by AAHHE, ETS, and UTSA.