Ensuring the Success of Latino Males in Higher Education
A National Imperative

Foreword by Willliam Serrata
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Latino males are effectively vanishing from the American higher education pipeline. Even as the number of Latinas/os attending college has actually increased steadily over the last few decades, the proportional representation of Latino males continues to slide relative to their Latina female counterparts.

The question of why Latino males are losing ground in accessing higher education—relative to their peers—is an important and complex one, and it lies at the heart of this book. There are several broad themes highlighted, catalogued along with the four dimensions of policy, theory, research, and practice. The contributors to this book present new research on factors that inhibit or promote Latino success in both four-year institutions and community colleges in order to inform both policy and practice. They explore the social-cultural factors, peer dynamics, and labor force demands that may be perpetuating the growing gender gap, and consider what lessons can be learned from research on the success of Latinas. This book also closely examines key practices that enable first generation Latino male undergraduates to succeed which may seem counterintuitive to institutional expectations and preconceived notions of student behavior.

Using narrative data, the book also explores the role of family in persistence; outlines how Latino men conceptualize fulfilling expectations, negotiate the emasculization of the educational process, and how they confront racialization in the pursuit of a higher education; uncovers attitudes to help-seeking that are detrimental to their success: and analyzes how those who succeed and progress in college apply their social capital – whether aspirational, navigational, social, linguistic, familial, or resistant.

While uncovering the lack of awareness at all levels of our colleges and universities about the depth and severity of the challenges facing Latino males, this book provides the foundation for rethinking policy; challenges leaders to institutionalize male-focused programs and services; and presents data to inform needed changes in practice for outreach and retention.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—William Serrata

Preface—Victor B. Sáenz


Part One: Introduction and Context-Setting: Latino Males in K–12 and Higher Education

1. Current Trends and Future Outlooks on the Pervasive Gender Gap in Educational Attainment for Latino Males—Victor B. Sáenz, Luis Ponjuán, and Julie López Figueroa

2. Latino Males in American High Schools: An Examination of the 2012 High School Longitudinal Study— Luis Ponjuán

Part Two: Exploring Theories to Understand the Pathways for Latino Males in Higher Education

3. The Geography of Academic Support: A Framework to Understand the Latino Male Perceptions and Practices in Higher Education—Julie López Figueroa

4. (Re)Constructing Masculinity: Understanding Gender Expectations Among Latino Male College-Going Students—Julie López Figueroa, Patricia Pérez, and Irene I. Vega

5. An Intersectionality Analysis of Latino Men in Higher Education and Their Help-Seeking Behaviors—Nolan L. Cabrera, Fatemma D. Rashwan-Soto, and Bryant G. Valencia

Part Three: Research on Preparation, Persistence, and Success for Latino Males in Secondary and Postsecondary Education

6. Latino Male High School Math Achievement: The Influential Role of Psychosociocultural Factors—Ismael Fajardo, José M. Hernandez, and José Muñoz

7. Examining the Role of Family in Mexican American College Men’s Academic Persistence—Lizette Ojeda and Linda G. Castillo

8. Over the Ivy Wall: Latino Male Achievers Nurturing Cultural Wealth at a Highly Selective Predominantly White Institution—David Pérez II

9. Caballeros Making Capital Gains in College: The Role of Social Capital in First-Year Persistence at a Predominantly White 4-Year Institution—Tracy Arámbula Ballysingh

Part Four: Moving From Research to Practice: Meeting the Needs of Latino Males in Higher Education

10. Latino Males In Higher Education: Administrator Awareness of the Emerging Challenges—Victor B. Sáenz, Sarah Rodriguez, Katie Ortego Pritchett,Jennifer Estrada, and Kelty Garbee

11. Educational Opportunity, College Choices, and Higher Education: What Can We Learn From Research on Latinas?—Miguel A. Ceja

12. Collaborative Consciousness: Improving Latino Male Student Research, Policy, and Practice—Luis Ponjuán

Editors and Contributors


Related titles:
Saenz article in HuffPo Latino Voices 3/8/16

Reviews & Endorsements:
“The authors in this book provide an asset-based lens for institutions to consciously weave Latino males into the fabric of higher education. Ensuring the Success of Latino Males in Higher Education is a must read for educational leaders, administrators, researchers, higher education faculty, and stakeholders within higher education institutions to further improve recruitment and retention efforts of Latino male students. Institutions serving Hispanic populations and institutions of higher learning across the country will benefit from the knowledge and cultural capital provided in this book to successfully support Latino males across the P–20 continuum.”
- Teachers College Record
"A country’s most precious resource is its human resource. Therefore understanding why the number of Latinos males diminishes as they move through the education system is critical.

Using this robust compilation of analysis, practice and scholarship, educational leaders now have vital information about the current condition and how to change the flow of Latino male talent into higher education, the workforce and civic leadership. The question remains when will higher education act to respond to the challenge?"
- Sarita E. Brown, President , Excelencia in Education
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