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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Title:
The Chicano In Academics
Program #
1977-46
Theme:
Society

Series:
Education
Host:
Gloria Contreras
Guest:
Leonard A. Valverde
Date:
Sep 30, 1977

The Chicano in Academics

Dr. Leonard Valverde discusses his research on educational administration and some of the challenges and opportunities facing Chicanos in higher education. Dr. Valverde won a research grant from the National Chicano Council on Higher Education. The grant is designed to help Chicanos junior professors who need to publish in order to receive tenure. The grant allows professors to take time off from teaching and other duties to perform research and publish their work. It is one of the first fellowships for Chicano post-docs.

Dr. Valverde then goes on to discuss his research on education policies affecting Mexican Americans. Valverde research examines which programs are helping Mexican American students. He looks studies the policies, administration, supervisory practice, level of community involvement and bilingual programs in both rural and urban school districts with large Chicano populations in the border states. He has found that while some school districts continue to segregate and group Mexican Americans together in the non-academic track, other districts are become more pluralistic and willing to work with the Mexican American community. He also has found tha bilingual education has improved, but that political activity, in particular the controversy still surrounding the program, is hindering is progress.

 

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