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.
Vela, J. C., Johnson, M. B., Castro, V., Ikonomopoulos, J., Gonzalez-Sanchez, P. A., & Gonzalez, S. L. (2015). Understanding Perceived Differences Between Successful and Struggling First-Year Mexican American College Students: An Exploratory Study. https://www.counseling.org/docs/default-source/vistas/article_62825a22f16116603abcacff0000bee5e7.pdf?sfvrsn=1c4c422c_4