The IDRA Newsletter is published 10 times a year. Each edition focuses on issues in education, striving to provide many different perspectives on the topics covered and to define its significance in the state and national dialogue. The IDRA Newsletter can only be mailed to U.S.addresses, but pdf and web copies are available online.
Newsletter Executive Editor María "Cuca" Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.
Higher Education Success – Key System Strategies Our nation faces the challenge of making sure that all students, of all colors and incomes, have the skills and education necessary to compete in a global economy. This means ensuring that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and career. In a speech presented at the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education conference, IDRA president, María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., describes how IDRA is finding that proven strategies for increasing college completion parallel the Quality Schools Action Framework.
College Access and Graduation Albert Cortez, Ph.D., explores this progression along with what is needed if we are to achieve the ambitious new goals of access to education that have been set before the country. He looks at trends in post-secondary enrollment including increases among the Hispanic students and Black students, while gaps still persist in college enrollment and graduation. If colleges and universities are to reflect what is a much more diverse population it will be imperative for all interested parties to adjust their efforts to adapt to new students.
Describing the First-Year Experience for First-Time-in-College Students at a Major
Somewhere along the way, some educators, researchers and policymakers have come to believe that lower income, minority parents and families don’t value education, that they somehow want less for their own children. Our experience shows otherwise. Josie Danini Cortez, M.A., and
, Ph.D., share highlights from IDRA research regarding first-time-in-college (FTIC) students that was based on the philosophical tenet that FTIC students have resources and assets that have yet to be tapped, and institutions of higher education need to adapt, align and coordinate their programs and services to ensure access and success for these students.
Other short stories…
IDRA’s Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel on Univision about Schools Engaging Parents See interview (Dr. Robledo Montecel’s interview is about 5 minutes into this video clip)
See IDRA’s bilingual (English/Spanish) guide Achieve College ~ ¡Hacia Adelante! ~ A Guide for College Access, which includes four steps – getting ready in high school, making a good college choice, applying early to several colleges, and planning to get financial help – and a resource CD with a workbook for planning for college and checklists for ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
Video:College Institutions & Restructuring: Lumina President Jamie Merisotis discusses how a redesign of higher education is necessary in order to make it more affordable and accessible in this video from Nightly Business Report. (1:40 min0)