March 4, 2008
For immediate release
Ángela Caballero de Cordero, Ph.D., has been named a second-place winner of the Outstanding Dissertations Competition 2008 by The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational Testing Service (ETS). She completed her doctoral studies at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School in the Department of Education, and Russell Rumberger served as her dissertation chair. Caballero de Cordero is a tenured faculty member at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California.
Sponsored by ETS, the competition spotlights top doctoral students throughout the U.S. and rewards excellence in Hispanic student performance at the doctoral level. The goals are to encourage greater numbers of prepared students to enter and complete doctoral programs and to enhance the quality of their dissertations.
Dr. Caballero de Cordero’s work was selected for second place. Her dissertation, titled, “Self-Efficacy Perceptions and their Impact on Latino and White Community College Student Persistence,” examines self-efficacy perceptions before and after a semester of classes, and compares and contrasts two models of student persistence.
Caballero de Cordero will receive her award on March 8 at an Awards Luncheon that will take place during the 3rd annual AAHHE national conference, held March 6-8.
[Ángela Caballero de Cordero and Russell Rumberger are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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