Factors That Influence the Underrepresentation of Latino/a Students Majoring in Mathematics in the State of Washington
Villegas, Miguel Angel Saldana
Vincent, Kimberly M.
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This study examines factors that influence the under-representation of Latino/a students among mathematics majors in the state of Washington. A questionnaire was used to collect quantitative and qualitative data from Latinos/as regarding possible reasons for this under-representation. Surveys were administered to 140 Latino/a students and 12 Latino/a faculty/staff in 3 Community Colleges and 5 four-year public universities in the state of Washington. Several factors were identified that influence Latino/a students’ choice to attend two-year versus fouryear colleges as well as their choice of major. Areas for future research and action are identified including possible interventions to encourage Latinos/as to attend four-year colleges and to consider majoring in mathematics.