Mexican-Americans account for nearly one-third of all Latinos in the U.S. About 10% of Latinos complete four years of college compared to nearly 40% of Anglo-Americans. One way to increase the percent of college graduates within this group is to increase retention rates of those enrolled in colleges. Academic advising is a key component in this process. This article examines characteristics of less acculturated Mexican-American families so as to enhance the cultural sensitivity of faculty advisors. Specific suggestions on how to improve the advising process are also offered.
faculty advisor, Mexican-American students, success