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Understanding Perceived Differences Between Successful and Struggling First-Year Mexican American College Students: An Exploratory Study
Javier Cavazos Vela, Michael B. Johnson, Veronica Castro, James Ikonomopoulos, Priscilla A. Gonzalez-Sanchez, and Stacey L. Gonzalez
In this exploratory study, we conducted in-depth interviews with university
seminar instructors to discover perceived differences between successful and
struggling first-year Latina/o college students. Several factors emerged from
interviews to differentiate successful and struggling Latina/o college students.
These factors include assimilation, motivation to pursue goals, family knowledge
and resources, family social class, different preparation for postsecondary
education, and different levels of support and encouragement in high school. We
provide recommendations for high school counselors and researchers.
Keywords: Mexican American students, school counselors