Latino Student Success
In Arizona, Helios partnered with Arizona State University researchers to examine ACT scores and National Student Clearinghouse data in order to identify the factors that are most likely to contribute to success among Latino students. Latino students with average ACT scores are more likely to enroll in two-year institutions, but may be less likely to complete a degree. A series of focus groups also showed that while a significant proportion of Latino students are not academically prepared for college, they have the same postsecondary aspirations as White students. Family members—even more than peers—have considerable influence on Latino students’ decisions about college. But because some Latino families lack college experiences, support and guidance from schools is still critical.