Immigrant DREAMs: English learners, the texas 10% admissions plan, and college academic success

Julian Vasquez Heilig, Cristobal Rodriguez, Patricia Somers

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English learners (ELs) are facing unique issues in higher education that remain largely unexplored. This research focuses on college choice, enrollment, and graduation among high-achieving ELs who were eligible for automatic admission to any public higher education institution in Texas by having graduated in the top 10% of their high school class. We found that large enrollment gains for ELs were not observed until revised Texas DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) legislation stipulated that immigrant students fulfilling reformulated residency requirements were entitled to in-state tuition rates. The majority of top 10% ELs enrolled at border institutions, were largely first-generation college students, and experienced generally higher cohort graduation rates at Texas flagship universities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-126
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Latinos and Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • College admission
  • Diversity
  • Educational policy
  • English learner students
  • Enrollment trends
  • Higher education
  • Selective admission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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