The educational challenges for male students of color are materially different in the K–12 sector as compared to postsecondary education, but there is no denying the good sense in considering cross-sector perspectives in diagnosing the structural challenges that affect males of color across the educational pipeline. The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color—headquartered in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin–has worked diligently to bridge these institutional differences through identifying common success metrics, sharing support strategies, and identifying myriad points of alignment with K-12, community college, and four-year institution partners across the state of Texas.
This Viewpoints Brief, released by the American Council on Education, shares key insights that this state-wide Consortium has employed in launching and sustaining a strategic, cross-sector effort that focuses on improving the educational outcomes for male students of color. The Brief examines the state and national context for males of color, highlighting key data trends that illuminate the pervasive gender gap in educational attainment. In addition, the brief reviews the importance of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative which is building momentum and elevating this issue to a national conversation. The brief also provides details about the Consortium goals and activities, and it discusses emergent lessons learned through almost three years of collaboration with Consortium institutional partners. The report concludes by providing tangible next steps, a “blueprint for action” that institutional leaders across educational sectors should consider in embracing this issue as an educational imperative.
Dr. Victor Sáenz, Executive Director of the Consortium notes that “in sharing our story, our goals, and our emerging lessons learned, we believe that the Consortium can serve as a model for other states or regions that aspire to take the lead on improving educational outcomes for male students of color. In our view, this issue is perhaps the most compelling educational challenge of our time, one that has garnered the attention of national leaders and gained greater urgency in light of the broader economic and societal implications that it portends.”
Full brief available.
Co-edited book on Latino Males in Higher Education
A book on Latino males in higher education has been released co-edited by Dr. Victor B. Sáenz (Executive Director, Project MALES), Dr. Luis Ponjuán (Co-founder, Project MALES), and Dr. Julie L. Figueroa (Project MALES Faculty Affiliate), and titled Ensuring the Success of Latino Males in Higher Education: A National Imperative (Stylus Publishing). Through the contributions of emerging scholars and seasoned practitioners, we share research on factors that inhibit or promote Latino male student success at 4-year institutions, community colleges, and secondary institutions in order to inform both policy and practice across the education continuum. The chapters within this edited book on Latino males collectively represent a timely and necessary contribution to this urgent national conversation on men of color in education. The co-editors have also designed this book as a primer for policy makers at the national, state, and local levels as well as scholars in higher education. This book is also designed for anyone who wants to better understand the various issues related to Latino male access and degree attainment and also wants to work toward addressing the growing gender gap by learning from the most recent and relevant research on Latino males in education. Finally, the book is beneficial to community leaders and activists who want a comprehensive discussion about the challenges Latino male students face in schools and how they can work proactively to overcome those challenges. We hope this book inspires more dialogue, understanding, and transformational action.
In partnership with leading national scholars, Dr. Victor Sáenz co-authored a book from Stylus Publishing called “Men of Color in Higher Education: New Foundations for Developing Models for Success.” Dr. Sáenz co-authored a chapter with Dr. Beth Bukoski on Latino male masculinities. For more information about this book, please visit the Stylus Publishing website.
CCCSE Releases new Report on Men of Color
Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges, a report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement, builds on the growing body of research about the experiences of men of color in higher education. The report includes an analysis of student engagement survey results for over 145,000 male community college students and provides information for community colleges on how to get better outcomes for these students. The Center conducted six focus groups with faculty and staff, and more than 30 student focus groups with Latino, Black and White men at community colleges and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society national convention.
Dr. Victor Sáenz, executive director of Project MALES and associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, served on the advisory committee for this report. Article available from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Bukoski, B. E., & Hatch, D. K. (2015). “We’re Still Here… We’re Not Giving Up” Black and Latino Men’s Narratives of Transition to Community College. Community College Review. Read full article here
Latino Males in Higher Education
This fact sheet by Excelencia In Education provides the latest statistics describing the Latino male population, including their college enrollment and educational attainment rates. Access fact sheet here.
“My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) Task Force: One-Year Progress Report to the President.
This report provides a high-level review of the policy progress in each key milestone identified in the Task Force Report as well as descriptions of significant policy accomplishments. The milestones are based on research that has identified key points on the path to adulthood that are especially predictive of later success and where interventions can have the greatest impact. Full Report.
Invitation to Partner: Men of Color in Community Colleges (Minority Male Community College Collaborative, Nov. 2014)
Covarrubias, R., & Stone, J. (2014). Self-Monitoring Strategies as a Unique Predictor of Latino Male Student Achievement. Journal of Latinos and Education, (ahead-of-print), 1-16.
2014 UT-Austin Male Student Leadership Summit Final Evaluation Report
Ponjuán, Clark, & Sáenz (November 2012). Latino boys in American high schools: A study of the NCES 2009 High School Longitudinal Study. TG Final Report.
Ponjuán, Clark, & Sáenz (November 2012). Boys in Peril: Examining Latino boys’ educational pathways and motivation towards postsecondary education: A qualitative study of Latino boys in Florida and Texas. TG Final Report.
Sáenz & Ponjuán (2012). Latino Males: Improving College Access and Degree Completion — A New National Imperative. Perspectivas, Issues in Higher Education Policy and Practice, 1. AAHHE, ETS, and UTSA.
Sáenz & Ponjuán (2011). The Institute for Higher Education Policy. Men of Color: Ensuring the Academic Success of Latino Males in Higher Education.
Sáenz & Ponjuán (2009). The Vanishing Latino Male in Higher Education. American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. www.aahhe.org