New Directions: Assessment and Preparation of Hispanic College Students


New Directions serves as a national state of the art in assessment and access as it affects the major Hispanic communities around the nation. The book focuses on two themes: (1) the need to raise the rates at which Hispanic students attain an effective, high-quality higher education that prepares them for an intensely competitive, knowledge-driven workplace and world, and (2) the imperative for institutions to adapt to the unique backgrounds, experiences, and learning styles of their students and not the other way around. Core issues examined include the lived experience of and unique challenges faced by Hispanic faculty; the often overlooked cultural and familial factors that influence high-achieving Hispanic students’ college-selection decisions; the need for a truly integrated K–16 system that better prepares Hispanic students for college-level work and success, including raising the rate at which Hispanic students transfer from community colleges to four-year programs; and the role of assessment in strengthening both student achievement and institutional performance.

“The data, perspectives, and recommendations presented in New Directions make the volume a must read for educational practitioners, advocates, and policymakers.”

José Luis Cruz, President, Lehman College, City University of New York

Table of Contents

Walt MacDonald, President & Chief Executive Officer, Educational Testing Service

Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. and Gary Francisco Keller

1. Signaling Success for Hispanic Students in a Changing Higher Education Landscape
Alberto Acereda, Joseph Ríos, Ross Markle, María Elena Oliveri, and Ou Lydia Liu

2. “It Was a Whole New Environment”: Multicontextuality as a New Framework for Access and Assessment of Underrepresented STEM Students
Rebecca A. Beals and Roberto A. Ibarra

3. A State of Neglect: Latino Educational Attainment
Blanca Rincόn, Belinda de la Rosa, and Jorge Chapa

4. Design Principles for Equity and Excellence in Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Lindsey E. Malcom-Piqueux and Estela Mara Bensimón

5. From College Students to College Professors: How Hispanics Are Faring as Faculty in Higher Education
Melissa A. Martínez


6. “That’s Just Like Here, at Our College”: Tracking Latina/o Inequality from High School Programs to Honors Colleges
Gilda L. Ochoa

7. The College Choice Process for High-Achieving Latinas
Ebelia Hernández and Antonio Estudillo

8. Latino Community College Students in California: Challenges and Opportunities for Leadership
Frances Contreras and Gilbert Contreras

9. Latinas/os Navigating the Labyrinth: Persistence in Community College Developmental Education
Nancy Acevedo-Gil

10. Un Cuento de Nunca Acabar: Exploring the Transfer Conditions for Latin@ Tejan@ Community College Students in Texas
José Del Real Viramontes and Luis Urrieta Jr.

11. Shattering the Deficit Grand Narrative: Toward a Culturally Validating Latino Student Success Framework
Laura I. Rendόn, Vijay Kanagala, and Ripsime Bledsoe

12. Nuestra Excelencia!: Building an Institutional Culture of Excellence through a Latina/o Excellence Pedagogy at the Post-Secondary Level
Louie F. Rodríguez

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Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr., Laura I. Rendón, Gary Francisco Keller, Alberto Acereda, Estela Mara Bensimón, and Richard J. Tannenbaum
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