Ascending Toward New Heights: Building Navigational Capital for Latinx Community College Students

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2020-03-01
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Doran, Erin
Hengesteg, Paul
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The School of Education seeks to prepare students as educators to lead classrooms, schools, colleges, and professional development.

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The School of Education was formed in 2012 from the merger of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

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In 1993, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching was borne out of a collaborative idea of the Faculty Senate and the Senior Vice President and Provost Office to “support our faculty in ways that help them become better, more effective teachers.” While Iowa State University takes great pride in its research mission and commitment as a doctoral-granting research extensive university, we are equally proud of how teaching is at the core of our educational experience. Indeed, the bedrock of a world-class research university is its commitment to enhancing learning in the community of scholars.
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The Ascender program was created in 2012 by Catch the Next Inc., to address the challenges of increasing community college retention and transfer rates, especially among Latinx students in developmental education. This study looks at the experiences of participants in this program and how it provided validating experiences and fostered their navigational capital on campus and through the transfer process. Results show that a rich first-year experience and additional engagement with the Ascender program helps students learn how to better navigate the complex systems of financial aid and transfer processes while also building their confidence as successful college students.

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This is a manuscript of an article published as Doran, Erin, and Paul Hengesteg. "Ascending Toward New Heights: Building Navigational Capital for Latinx Community College Students." Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition 32, no. 1 (2020): 29-41. Posted with permission.

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