Tracking the Latino Student Experience

By Fredda Sacharow, of Rutgers Focus

Ebelia Hernandez, an assistant professor at Rutgers’ Graduate School of Educationhopes her experience as the daughter of Mexican immigrants can help fine tune the campus experience for a new generation of Latino students.

With funding from a Rutgers Faculty Grant, Hernandez is exploring such matters as adherence to faith and devotion to family to gauge their impact on day-to-day undergraduate life among students whose families hail from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador.

“There is a disparity in higher education – Latinos are on the lowest end in terms of access to college and degree attainment,” Hernandez says. “We lag behind all the other ethnic groups.”

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