« Students Need More Info on Alternatives to Baccalaureate Path, Report Says | Main | More Than Just Going to College, Report Shows Importance of Choosing Major »

How Can High Schools Get More Latinos on College Path?

To help counselors and educators better serve the growing Latino population in their buildings, a new report shares best practices from successful high schools in hopes of getting more students on the path to college.

The Arlington, Va.-based National Association for College Admission Counseling and Excelencia in Education, a Washington-based organization that advocates for Latinos in higher education, conducted a national survey and observed counseling practices at six high schools that were effective in supporting underrpresented populations to come up with suggested strategies.

K-12_Dealmaking.gifAmong the recommendations for high schools In a new report, "College Counseling for Latino and Underrepresented Students," released in April:

• Begin college planning in 9th grade to allow students and families time for academic and financial planning;

• Promote a college-going culture throughout the school, including cultural fluency for Latino students, and provide outreach materials in Spanish.

• Offer college-planning activities for both students and families, including comprehensive financial aid counseling.

• Commit adequate resources to hiring and training school counselors to serve Latino students. Focus on personal contact and one-on-one or small group activities as much as possible.

• Raise the visibility of services and offer students the chance to meet with college representatives at school, as well as campus visit opportunities.

• Partner with colleges that serve large numbers of Latino students and inform students about the support services provided.

"Well-known barriers, such as lack of school/personnel resources, limited cultural fluency, and challenges related to family involvement, prevent intensive college counseling for many Latino students," according to the report. "A college-going culture and positive attitudes on the part of school counselors are critical contextual factors in supporting individual involvement with Latino students and their families."

Many Latino students are first-generation college students and rely on school counselors for guidance in the search and application process. Research shows that students are more likely to pursue four-year degrees when high schools make college counseling a priority and emphasize individualized counseling, the report notes.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments