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Jennifer Jovel
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2005-06, Education

Jennifer Jovel focuses her doctoral work on "Community College Transfer: The Role of Social Capital in the Transfer Process of Chicana Students." Over half of all Chicanas who pursue a college education in the U.S. attend a community college. Their transfer rates, however, from community colleges to four-year universities remain extremely low. This project uses the concept of social capital – the value embodied in networks that are linked to socially valued resources – to understand Chicana students' access to resources. Jovel seeks to elaborate and modify the concept of social capital in order to understand how Chicana students harness resources through networks on campus and use these resources to reach the point of transfer.