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Three-Peat, Six Drop, and Excess Hours, Oh My! Latinx Community College Transfer Student Perceptions of State-Level Policies

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This paper highlights the influence of state higher education policy on student enrollment, transfer, and completion, particularly for Latinx transfer students in Texas. Specifically, we analyzed Latinx transfer student perceptions of four Texas higher education policies and the ways these policies played a role in how students maneuvered into and through multiple institutions, navigating their pathway to success. Findings suggest that the repercussions of various state policies can be deleterious to the mental, emotional, and financial circumstances with this group of students. Additionally, these policies do not consider the nuances of transfer from the community college to a university and how students can be unfairly penalized when strictly enforced, particularly low-income, first-generation, Latinx students.
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Keywords: COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER; LATINX STUDENTS; STATE POLICIES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2020

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