Alberto F Cabrera

Alberto F Cabrera
University of Maryland, College Park | UMD, UMCP, University of Maryland College Park · Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education

PhD in Educational Administration

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Introduction
My research interests gravitate around pathways to college, the impact of college on students, classroom experiences, minorities in higher education, alumni pro-social behaviors, and policy evaluation. I have served on the editorial boards of the top journals of higher education. My scholarly impact has been recognized by my election as Fellow in the American Educational Research Association
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January 2022 - present
American University
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  • Scholar in residence
September 2006 - present
University of Maryland, College Park
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  • Professor (Full)
January 2002 - August 2006
University of Wisconsin–Madison
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  • Professor (Full)

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This study examined the differences between U.S. civilian and military children in their attainment of milestones toward college during a period of burgeoning military deployment (2002–2004). In spite of this intensive deployment, the process of attainment of milestones toward college among military children from Grade 10 to Grade 12 was remarkably...
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Drawing on a national sample of respondents to the National Latinx/a/o Alumni Engagement Survey (NLAES), the authors examine whether civically engaged Latino college graduates have run for and served in elected office in recent years. Our results indicate that a small fraction of college-educated Latinos, just 6 percent of the respondents to our su...
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This paper summarizes our ten years of scholarship on civic engagement among college students. The article is aimed at college alumni and development officers interested in harnessing the economic and political potential of alumni.
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This study sought to examine how Latina/o1 college graduates engage civically. Through a four-step quantitative design, we found that Latina/o college graduates vote, volunteer, advocate, donate money, serve as cultural and political resources, and run for elected office. We also identified five typologies, or classes, of civically engaged Latina/o...
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Assessing graduate student instruction is a complex task. After all, graduate education is the result of an intricate exercise involving course experiences, teaching, learning engagement, skill-building, collaboration, and learning satisfaction. This article presents the results of a study seeking to assist in the assessment of graduate education i...
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Building on Social Cognitive Career Theory and Xueli Wang's conceptual model of STEM choice, this study advances and tests a model seeking to understand STEM readiness and intention to pursue STEM fields among a representative national sample of 9th grade students drawn from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009. Structural equation model resu...
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Building on Social Cognitive Career Theory and Xueli Wang's conceptual model of STEM choice, this study advances and tests a model seeking to understand STEM readiness and intention to pursue STEM fields among a representative national sample of 9th grade students drawn from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009. Structural equation model resu...
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Resumo O texto discute, com fundamento em pesquisa bibliográfica internacional e nacional, o conceito de estudante de 1ª geração (P-Ger), suas características e como ele é aplicado no contexto brasileiro. Paralelamente, leva em consideração resultados do Enade (Exame Nacional de Desempenho dos Estudantes) (2015, 2016, 2017) sobre o perfil do estuda...
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Parental involvement is widely acknowledged as a critical factor influencing the college choice process among families. What is not clear, though, is whether this parental driven factor also takes place at the school level along with school related factors. Using a national sample of 9th grade students drawn from about 900 schools, we found that pa...
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Parental involvement is widely acknowledged as a critical factor influencing the college choice process among families. What is not clear, though, is whether this parental driven factor also takes place at the school level along with school related factors. Using a national sample of 9th grade students drawn from about 900 schools, we found that pa...
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Parental involvement is widely acknowledged as a critical factor influencing the college choice process among families. What is not clear, though, is whether this parental driven factor also takes place at the school level along with school related factors. Using a national sample of 9th grade students drawn from about 900 schools, we found that pa...
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O foco deste artigo é o acesso à Educação Superior (ES) no Brasil e o Programa Universidade para Todos (ProUni). A pesquisa teve por objetivos identificar se o ProUni está cumprindo com o propósito de oportunizar o acesso à ES a estudantes de grupos vulneráveis, e se há diferenças nas características iniciais dos egressos ProUni e não ProUni quando...
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This study draws on alumni survey data from a research extensive university to explore how giving to one's alma mater relates to patterns of prosocial, civic behaviors exhibited by alumni while in college. Relying on latent class analysis (LCA), we find four distinctive categories of alumni corresponding to charity and social change models in the c...
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Este artigo tem como cerne os resultados da formação na Educação Superior. Os participantes da pesquisa foram bolsistas e não bolsistas ProUni já egressos da Educação Superior de uma Instituição Comunitária do Sul do Brasil ingressantes nesse nível de ensino em 2005. Os objetivos pretenderam responder três questões da pesquisa: Qual a situação dos...
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While decades of research on college teaching has investigated several forms of classroom practices, much of this research approach teaching as falling into mutually exclusive paradigms (active learning versus lecturing). This paper enters inside the college classroom using external raters to understand patterns of pedagogical practices embedded in...
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Higher education leaders in the United States increasingly rely on relationships with alumni to advance multiple institutional goals. Scholars have traditionally relied on variable-centered approaches to understand associations among alumni experiences, personal attributes, and support behaviors. Departing from this tradition, this study draws on a...
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Trajectories in higher education and the University for All Program (ProUni) are the central theme of this paper. The research question was: To what extent were some factors experienced during university difficulties in the academic trajectory of ProUni and non-ProUni graduates? The approach was quantitative with an explanatory goal. Descriptive an...
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Trajectories in higher education and the University for All Program (ProUni) are the central theme of this paper. The research question was: To what extent were some factors experienced during university difficulties in the academic trajectory of ProUni and non-ProUni graduates? The approach was quantitative with an explanatory goal. Descriptive an...
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While decades of research on college teaching has investigated several forms of classroom practices, much of this research approach teaching as falling into mutually exclusive paradigms (active learning versus lecturing). This paper enters inside the college classroom using external raters to understand patterns of pedagogical practices embedded in...
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While decades of research on college teaching has investigated several forms of classroom practices, much of this research approach teaching as falling into mutually exclusive paradigms (active learning versus lecturing). This paper enters inside the college classroom using external raters to understand patterns of pedagogical practices embedded in...
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Past literature has examined ways in which college students adopt civic identities. However, little is known about characteristics of students that vary in their expression of these identities. Drawing on data from American College Testing (ACT), this study employs multinomial logistic regression to understand attributes of students who vary in the...
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The social and economic development of a country is related to social inclusion, which is incorporated in the affirmatives actions that are currently being applied in Brazil, such as the University Program for Everyone (ProUni). The purpose of the research herein presented is to assess, on the one hand, the impact that the new profile of students w...
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Various commissions and reports have called on colleges and universities to better prepare students for participation in a democratic society. A limit of such reports is that they often fail to consider how students might be categorized relative to their shared patterns of civic behaviors. Relying on alumni survey data from American College Testing...
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En los Estados Unidos la teoría y la investigación se enfocan originalmente en el impacto de la universidad en la salida temprana de los estudiantes de su proceso de formación universitario. Durante el espacio de casi cuatro décadas esta visión ha sido enriquecida con perspectivas que añaden dimensiones tales como la diversidad cultural estudiantil...
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Assessing gains in learning has received increased attention as one dimension of institutional accountability both in the USA (Arum and Roksa, Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses, 2011) and abroad (OECD). Current approaches to assessing college learning are dominated by objective tests as well as student self- reported questio...
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O desenvolvimento social e econômico de um país está relacionado à inclusão social, a qual está abarcada nas ações afirmativas atualmente desenvolvidas no Brasil, tais como o Programa Universidade Para Todos (ProUni). O objetivo da investigação apresentada neste artigo é avaliar o impacto gerado pelo novo perfil de alunos ingressantes através do Pr...
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Various commissions and reports have called on colleges and universities to better prepare students for participation in a democratic society. A limit of such reports is that they often fail to consider how students might be categorized relative to their shared patterns of civic behaviors. Relying on alumni survey data from American College Testing...
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When parents are concerned about financing their child’s education at the time she/he is a 10th grader, those parents are less involved with their child’s school-related activities. More concerning, the children of parents with these financial concerns are less likely to take standardized college admissions test, apply to college, or become academi...
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:The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Benchmarks has emerged as a competing paradigm for assessing institutional effectiveness vis-Ã -vis the U.S. News & World Report. However, Porter (2009) has critiqued it for failing to meet validity and reliability standards. This study investigated whether the NSSE five benchmarks had construct and...
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Using a revised version of the Transition to College Model (Locks et al. 2008, Rev High Educ 31(3), 257–285), this study examined the extent to which minority students and non-minority students differ in their predispositions to engage in campus-based diversity activities as well as in their engagement with ethnically diverse college peers at a pre...
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Using a newly developed software application entitled The Community College Transfer Calculator, this article both quantifies the effect of specific course-taking patterns and stresses the need for an easy to understand tool for community college academic advisors, faculty, and students. The “Calculator” calculates the likelihood of transfer given...
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Este artigo tem como foco a identificação de competências e indicadores exigidos à formação de qualidade do pedagogo, a fim de que ele possa responder às necessidades que imperam no meio educacional e na sociedade. A partir de estudos do corpo docente da Faculdade de Educação da PUCRS e de um professor visitante, Dr. Alberto Cabrera, a pesquisa tev...
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College and university leaders have paid an enormous level of attention to one domain of alumni involvement: charitable giving. In light of the decline of state support for higher education and the shrinking ability of families to pay for college, such emphasis is understandable. However, this emphasis has blinded scholars and practitioners to unde...
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As institutions seek to promote student engagement on campus, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is increasingly being used to chart progress and compare results using the Five Benchmark Scores. While recent research has begun to decompose the five benchmarks in a variety of ways; few research studies have sought to explore the underl...
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In an attempt to prepare students for the labor market using predictions on future employment trends, many Latin American institutions created new programs, systems, and incentives for unique, specialized majors, like nanotechnology and environmental design. These students seem to be having a harder time finding and feeling fulfilled by their work...
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Incl. bibl., abstract Like many other public Mexican universities, the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) has tried to contribute to the national development of Mexico by offering new undergraduate majors presumed to be better attuned to the needs of the labor market, while capping enrollments in traditional majors presumed to be redu...
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During decades, the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, like many other Mexican universities, has tried to contribute to the national development by offering different educational programs. The diversification of options has followed federal and state policies, as well as internal dynamics. Even though these programs need economical investme...
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University stakeholders recognize the importance of exposing all students to academic advising as a means to enhance their engagement with the institution. Living-learning communities are of particular promise. In this study, conducted at a midwestern land grant university in the 2004–05 academic year, advisees in living-learning communities report...
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Minority Student Retention is a compendium of articles aimed at scholars, practitioners, and policymakers concerned with enhancing "minority student retention." The book features articles by 26 scholars that were published in the Journal of College Student Retention between 1999 and 2007. According to the book editor, Alan Seidman, who is also the...
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Resumen Durant e décadas, la Benemérita Univer-sidad Autónoma de Puebla, al igual que otras universidades mexicanas, ha buscado contribuir al desarrollo del país a través de la apertura de distintos programas educativos. La diversificación de su oferta ha acatado políticas federales y estatales, conjuntamente con considera-ciones internas. Aun cuan...
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GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) emerged in the late 1990s as a comprehensive outreach program seeking to enhance awareness of and readiness for college among low-income middle school students. After controlling for students' preprogram test scores and school characteristics, findings indicate that students...
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This chapter discusses how alumni research can be used to inform key audiences about the impact of college on alumni, including the preparation of alumni for the workforce, alumni experiences as students, and whether alumni may be inclined to support their alma mater.
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The third component of our three-part series sponsored by Lumina Foundation that focuses on students who attained a bachelor’s degree and what it took to get there. Multiple regression analysis was used to determine the factors that seem to matter on the pathway to the BA. The appendix of this report provides methodological details to this analysis...
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Improving Higher Education rests on a simple axiom: improving teaching and learning. However, the question of what constitutes good teaching is not as clear as one may think. Interpretation of good teaching varies according to key constituents (e.g., faculty, students, policy makers). This chapter summarizes what we have learned about learning. And...
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This chapter summarizes what we have learned regarding the process that students and their families undergo when making decisions about college. It also presents a comprehensive model synthesizing this literature.
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Using data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988, this chapter examines the wide disparity of college-choice activities between socioeconomic groups. To highlight this disparity, the authors analyze three tasks that all students must complete on their path to college.
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Using data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988, this chapter seeks to gain a better understanding of what factors assist economically and sociologically underprivileged Americans to ready themselves for college.
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Motivational Systems Theory (MST; M. Ford, 1992) was used as a framework to investigate how varying motivational patterns influence faculty members use of teaching practices in their undergraduate classes. Researchers compared the factors associated with faculty members assigning students to work in groups to solve ill-defined design problems with...
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Using a sample of 2,050 second-year students at 23 institutions, researchers examined three issues: (a) gender and ethnic differences in terms of preferences towards collaborative learning, (b) the effects of collaborative learning on student outcomes, and (c) determinants of openness to diversity. Results showed that exposure to collaborative lear...
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This study investigated relationships among teaching practices, classroom climate, and students' gains in academic and career self-perceptions at seven engineering schools. Findings show that the more instructors interacted with students, gave frequent and detailed feedback, provided opportunities for collaborative learning, and made assignments an...
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Defendants of affirmative action are asked to demonstrate that race-sensitive admissions policies and diversity produce educational benefits for all students. This study indicates that the racial/ethnic composition of a classroom may indeed be related to the development of students' problem-solving and group skills. The nature of that effect, howev...
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Several states are requiring institutions to document changes in student outcomes. Regional and specialized accrediting agencies are also changing their review criteria from measuring inputs to assessing indicators of student learning. This article describes the results of an evaluation project that sought to develop performance indicators of learn...
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A middle high school student's likelihood of continuing on to college or university rests on the completion of at least three critical tasks: (a) acquiring at least minimal college qualification, (b) actually graduating from high school, and (c) applying to a 4-year college or university. Eighty-one percent of those 1988 eighth graders who complete...
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This study examined the extent to which undergraduate engi-neering courses taught using active and collaborative learning methods differ from traditional lecture and discussion courses in their ability to promote the development of students' engineering design, problem-solving, communication, and group participa-tion skills. Evidence for the study...
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Recognition of the critical value performance indicators can play on institutional improvement transcends international boundaries. Several American and Mexican universities believe performance indicators can improve institutional decision-making while providing a valid mechanism to meet demands for accountability. Though those institutions value p...
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Financial assistance to college students increased from a meager $557 million in 1963-1964 (Lewis 1989) to a phenomenal $55.7 billion in 1996-1997 ("Average Cost of Tuition" 1997). Because of the enormity of this investment it is not surprising that a single policy question-How do prices and student subsidies influence the ability of students to pe...
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F inancial assistance to college students increased from a meager $557 million in 1963-1964 (Lewis 1989) to a phenomenal $55.7 billion in 1996-1997 ("Average Cost of Tuition" 1997). Because of the enormity of this investment it is not surprising that a single policy question-How do prices and student subsidies influence the ability of students to p...
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The study examined the role of career maturity on the college persistence of traditional-aged college freshmen enrolled at a public four-year institution. Results indicate that the My Vocational Situation instrument (Holland et al., 1980), while reliable, is also valid. Theoretical formulations need to be revisited, since results indicate that Goal...
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This study examined the impact of prejudice and discrimination on the adjustment of students to college. Results indicated perceived discriminatory behavior negatively affected minority student academic/intellectual development, social experiences, and institutional commitment. Although differential effects were noted for minority and non-minoritie...