Latino Student's Guide to College Success

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The Latino community is the fastest growing minority group in America, and quickly becoming a major player in America's workforce. Unfortunately, Latinos encounter cultural and societal obstacles that can hinder academic achievement. This inspirational guide gives Latino students practical skills for advancing in a college environment.

The Latino Student's Guide to College Success: Second Edition, Revised and Updated provides a blueprint for collegiate success. The first eight ...

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Overview

The Latino community is the fastest growing minority group in America, and quickly becoming a major player in America's workforce. Unfortunately, Latinos encounter cultural and societal obstacles that can hinder academic achievement. This inspirational guide gives Latino students practical skills for advancing in a college environment.

The Latino Student's Guide to College Success: Second Edition, Revised and Updated provides a blueprint for collegiate success. The first eight chapters guide students through subjects such as selecting a college, navigating the application process, forming effective study habits, accessing student support services, and planning for advanced degrees. The second part is comprised of eight inspirational stories by Latino graduates sharing their college experiences. Lastly, a third section features a listing of colleges with a record of graduating the most Latinos, as well as a list of the top ten colleges with the most undergraduate Latino students. The revised and updated second edition of this popular book features the latest economic and demographic changes that have emerged since the first edition was published. It also includes six new chapters introducing the impact of technological advancements and changes in cultural trends.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This updated edition fills a void for Latino students. Readers will find personal stories of success and struggle particular to the Latino experience interspersed with valuable information on precollege preparation, two- to four-year colleges, graduate school, and the college experience."

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Gr 9 Up-This is a useful volume for those seeking information on preparing for higher education and for those already in a college setting. After outlining the steps to take in finding and working toward success at a program of study, 10 Latinos and Latinas in various fields tell "How I Did It," and offer advice for today's students. A directory of top universities and community colleges in the United States for Latinos, an excellent index, and various checklists and examples of student aid forms are included. It should be noted that the forms as well as the university and college information are up-to-date now but will become dated quickly. This practical guide will be welcomed by high-school counselors and Latino students.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313397974
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,439,838
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

LEONARD A. VALVERDE is the executive director of the Hispanic Border Leadership Institute and professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Preparing for College 1
Step 1 Getting Ready for a College Education (Or, What You Need to Know to Quality for College) 3
Step 2 How to Choose a College (A Journey with Familia) 19
Step 3 What Does College Cost and Where Can I Find Financial Aid? 43
Pt. II On Campus 75
Step 4 Your First Year of College: How to Know about Available Services 77
Step 5 First Semester Strategies for Academic Success (Or, How to Meet Your Academic Responsibilities) 91
Step 6 Academic Support On and Off Campus 109
Step 7 Your Student Rights and What You Can Do If You Are Failing a Course 117
Step 8 Extracurricular Activities (Or, Life Beyond Classes and Studying) 129
Pt. III "How I Did It" 141
Leonard A. Valverde, former university vice president 143
Eduardo J. Padron, district president of Miami-Dade Community College 147
Mari-Luci Jaramillo, former U.S. ambassador 149
Ronald T. Vera, attorney at law 155
Consuelo Nieto, college professor 159
Larry Villarreal, retired Air Force officer 162
Polly B. Baca, former state legislator 164
Maria "Cuca" Robledo Montecel, executive director of a national nonprofit consulting firm 167
Loretta Sanchez, congresswoman 169
Felix Gutierrez, national corporate vice president 172
Pt. IV College and University Directory 175
Sylvia Peregrino and Miranda Lopez 175
Top 50 Universities in the United States for Latinos 179
Top 10 Universities in the United States with the Greatest Percentage of Latino Undergraduates 194
Top 20 Community Colleges in the United States for Latinos 195
Top 10 Community Colleges in the United States with the Greatest Percentage of Latino Students 202
Top 5 Universities in Puerto Rico, Ranked by Bachelor's Degrees Awarded to Latinos 203
Index 205
About the Editor and Contributors 211
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