A recent article from Diverse Issues in Higher Education detailed work, supported by the Kresge Foundation and Greater Texas Foundation, focusing on actively engaging Latino students who seek to transfer from community colleges to four-year universities. The program, Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and Completion, was led by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) and Excelencia in Education:

“The project paired 24 institutions — 12 community colleges with 12 bachelor’s degree-granting institutions from urban locations in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas — to work in partnership on Latino student success. Among other commitments, the institutional pairs brought teams of five leaders from each institution to an intensive two-and-a-half-day institute focused on strengthening the engagement, transfer and college completion of their Latino students.”

The authors argue that the need for such a program was due to the fact that “community colleges are the predominant postsecondary option for Latinos — and that among students who enroll with the intention to transfer, only 14 percent had earned a bachelor’s degree or were still enrolled within six years .” To read the full article, click here.