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Challenges to minority students' graduation

Students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education "tend not to persist in college at the same rate as their peers from the majority culture, and they do not graduate at the same rate," say the journal's editors.

The issue focuses on challenges to completing a college education for students who are African-American, Asian or Asian-Pacific American, indigenous, Latino or Latina, or lesbian, gay, or bisexual; who commute to college; or who have disabilities.

"We are concerned about how institutions of higher education can develop and implement strategies that will assist students from historically underrepresented, and perhaps unwelcomed, groups to persist and graduate," they say.

The articles are:

  • "Retention and Students With Disabilities," by Holley A. Belch, an associate professor of student affairs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • "Retaining African-American Students in Higher Education: An Integrative Review," by Lamont A. Flowers, an assistant professor of education at the University of Florida.
  • "Leaking Pipeline: Issues Impacting Latino/a College Student Retention," by John C. Hernandez, an associate vice president and dean of students at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and Mark A. Lopez, a doctoral candidate in educational policy and leadership at the University of Maryland at College Park.




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