Challenges and Service Needs of Undocumented Mexican Undergraduate Students: Students' Voices and Administrators' Perspectives

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ProQuest, 2007 - 242 pages
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Based on the interview data collected from both undocumented students and university administrators, identified challenges of undocumented college students included: (a) struggling to succeed, (b) feeling the pressure of being a role model, (c) coping with frustration and uncertainty, (d) managing life as a "hidden" member of society, (e) missing out on opportunities, (f) perceptions of self as compared to other students, and (g) complications faced in utilizing campus services. Additionally, three service needs were identified, the need for: (a) accessible information, (b) designated personnel, and (c) legal services. The findings also revealed that university administrators, for the most part, knew very little about the undocumented student population on their campus. The examination of all the data led to a set of recommendations that identified ways in which higher education institutions could better serve this group of students.
 

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Contents

Review of the Literature
13
Legal Review of the History of Undocumented Students Access to Education in
26
Previous Research Conducted on Undocumented Students in Education
37
Undocumented Students as a Subset of Other College Student Populations
49
Methodology
59
Findings
77
What do undocumented students identify as their service needs
128
University Administrators
135
What do university administrators perceive as the challenges
141
Discussion
174
Implications for Policy and Practice
189
Considerations for Future Research
197
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