Currently, linguistic minority students – students who speak a language other than English at home – represent 21% of the entire K-12 student population and 11% of the college student population. Bringing together emerging scholarship on the growing number of college-bound linguistic minority students in the K-12 pipeline, this ground-breaking volume showcases new research on these students’ preparation for, access to, and persistence in college.

Other than studies of their linguistic challenges and writing and academic literacy skills in college, little is known about the broader issues of linguistic minority students’ access to and success in college. Examining a variety of factors and circumstances that influence the process and outcome, the scope of this book goes beyond students’ language proficiency and its impact on college education, to look at issues such as student race/ethnicity, gender, SES, and parental education and expectations. It also addresses structural factors in schooling including tracking, segregation of English learners from English-fluent peers, availability and support of institutional personnel, and collegiate student identity and campus climate.

Presenting state-of-the-art knowledge and mapping out a future research agenda in an extremely important and yet understudied area of inquiry, this book advances knowledge in ways that will have a real impact on policy regarding linguistic minority immigrant students’ higher education opportunities.

chapter |16 pages

Linguistic Minority Students Go to College

ByYasuko Kanno, Linda Harklau

part |74 pages

College Preparation in High School

chapter |19 pages

High SchooI ESL Placement

Practice, Policy, and Effects on Achievement
ByRebecca M. Callahan, Dara R. Shifrer

chapter |19 pages

Paving the Way to College

An Analysis of an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Serving Immigrant Students in California
ByAnysia P. Mayer

chapter |17 pages

How Paola Made it to College

A Linguistic Minority Student's Unlikely Success Story
ByLinda Harklau, Shelly McClanahan

part |71 pages

Access to College

chapter |20 pages

Who are Linguistic Minority Students in Higher Education?

An Analysis of the Beginning Postsecondary Students Study 2004
ByAnne-Marie Nuñez, P. Johnelle Sparks

chapter |18 pages

Immigrant English Learners' Transitions to University

Student Challenges and Institutional Policies
ByYasuko Kanno, Sarah Arva Grosik

part |92 pages

College Experiences and Persistence

chapter |19 pages

Navigating “Open Access” Community Colleges

Matriculation Policies and Practices for U.S.-Educated Linguistic Minority Students
ByGeorge C. Bunch, Ann K. Endris

chapter |19 pages

Contextualizing the Path to Academic Success

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Gaining Voice and Agency in Higher Education
ByMelissa Holmes, Cristina Fanning, Amanda Morales, Pedro Espinoza, Socorro Herrera

chapter |18 pages

Benefits and Costs of Exercising Agency

A Case Study of an English Learner Navigating a Four-Year University
ByRonald Fuentes

chapter |17 pages

Citizens vs. Aliens

How Institutional Policies Construct Linguistic Minority Students
ByShawna Shapiro