The Mexican Transnational Experience in South Texas: College Students of Mexican Origin in an Institution Serving Hispanics

By Maria Elena Reyes.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Researchers sought to understand the transnational experiences of Mexican origin immigrants. Researchers interviewed a small sample of Mexican origin college students attending a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) located along the Texas-Mexico border and identified two distinct groups who performed well academically. Findings suggested that (1) the Mexican drug war is accelerating historic migration patterns, (2) the Latino student population is more socioeconomically diverse than is commonly assumed; and (3) the academic performance of two distinct groups may be masking the underperformance of other Mexican origin students.

Keywords: Mexican-American Students, Higher Education, Immigrant College Students, Minority Students, Fresas

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.33-41. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 356.820KB).

Dr. Maria Elena Reyes

Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, USA

Dr. Maria Elena Reyes has a Master degree in secondary education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. For ten years, she was a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she became the first tenured Latina. In the summer of 2006, she accepted a position at the University of Texas Pan American, where she continues her work on equity issues in education, including ongoing research on Latino immigrant students at the secondary and post-secondary levels. In 2010, she served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education, including serving as reviewer for the Race to the Top state competition.