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Document Number: 5503

With Diploma in Hand: Hispanic High School Seniors Talk About Their Future - This report is the fruit of focus groups in multiple states conducted to better comprehend the void between Hispanic parentsí high educational hopes for their children and Hispanic studentsí marginal educational attainment. The report identifies the tremendous diversity of Hispanics in terms of economic status and national and cultural backgrounds, which is reflected in the decisions young people make about their post-high school plans. The unique obstacles Hispanic students face are likewise enumerated, including (1) insufficient adult support; (2) conflicting signals from teachers; (3) misinformation; (4) other seemingly attractive alternatives, such as paid employment immediately after high school graduation; (5) perception that college is for specialized training; (6) poor choices; and (7) limited grasp of planning and organization, and a lower sense of efficacy. A supplementary Web site allows you to browse the report by chapter as well as the commentary by advisory group members. (John Immerwahr, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and Public Agenda, June 2003)...

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