Partnership to address low completion rates in college for minority males

August 15, 2013

The Austin American Statesman wrote about Dr. Victor Sáenz’ Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color today:

The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, based at UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, will focus on trying to determine which practices are most effective at addressing the problem, said Victor Sáenz, who leads the consortium. There’s a dearth of research-based evidence on whether mentoring, advising, summer bridge programs to ease the transition from college or other approaches work best, he said in an interview Wednesday.

A report commissioned last year by the Houston Endowment, a philanthropic organization, highlighted the special challenge facing the state when it comes to minority males.

The report, which tracked all eighth-graders in Texas public schools, found that 23.9 percent of females and 16.1 percent of males went on to earn a postsecondary degree or certificate within six years of their expected high school graduation date. Black males and Hispanic males fared the worst at 7.7 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively.

With Hispanics being the fastest-growing segment of the state’s population, “That’s a problem that could undermine the state’s economic prosperity if we don’t address this issue,” said Sáenz, who teaches higher education administration at UT and is executive director of Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success).

Austin American-Statesman subscribers can access the rest of the story here. The original press release was released earlier this week and you can view it here:


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