The national enrollment of first-generation college students increased 14 percent between 1988 and 2008 (Graves, 2009). Almost three-fourths of this increase in 2008 was due to enrollment by minorities (Yen, 2010). These statistics represent the nationís rapidly changing demographics and specifically, the shift of the Latino/a population. Also in 2008, freshman enrollment jumped by 15 percent for the Latino/a population, a higher increase than any other minority or Caucasian group.
With these great increases in first-generation college enrollment, why arenít the numbers translating into equally as high graduation rates for this student population? What is the Sophomore Slump and why does it matter? What are the Hispanic/Latino/a cultural contexts? What is the impact short-term, small group mentoring can have for first-generation Latino/a students?
In this webinar, we will explore what action research data has revealed: The Three Cís (Confidence, College Knowledge and Connections) as critical for first-generation Latina student success. We will take a look at the impact of the short-term, small group mentoring model referred to as a "booster shot" approach and effect. Although the research data is based on work done specifically with Latina students, discussion will include how this approach can be used to increase persistence and success for all Latino/a students.