Undocumented Students and the Policies of Wasted Potential

Undocumented Students and the Policies of Wasted Potential
Janet K. Lopez
May 2010

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-393-6 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 202 pages

Price   $65.00

"A compelling portrayal of the educational challenges facing an overlooked yet increasing population....a comprehensive analysis of how state and institutional policies negatively influence college-going among undocumented students....timely." -- Review of Higher Education


Lopez’s ethnographic research focuses on college-ready, undocumented high school students and the teacher allies that assisted in these students’ attempts to access higher education. She uses North Carolina as a test case. There policies made it difficult, if not financially impossible, for nearly every undocumented student to access college. Despite the academic achievements and resiliency of the undocumented students in the K-12 system, current state and federal policies prohibit undocumented students from pursuing any realistic post-secondary options. Lopez argues that the United States is losing out on an opportunity to capitalize on the transnational capital undocumented students possess from their experiences in two cultures. Particular attention is paid to how undocumented students positioned themselves at school.

About the Author

Janet Lopez is the Director of P-20 Education Initiatives at the University of Colorado Denver. The goal of a P-20 education system is to create a more seamless and integrated education experience for all students. Prior to joining the faculty and staff at UC Denver, Janet served as the Deputy Director of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s P-20 Education Council.