Early Predictors of Early Freshman Year Attrition in Female Hispanic Students

Early Experiences- Freshman Experience Survey (FES) Part II
Part II of the FES was distributed 10 weeks into the students' first semester at host
university in order to gather information on early college experiences of the responders. The
same expectation items from FES Part I were asked on FES Part II with the tense changed to
reflect their experience at the 10-week point of the semester. The same 5-point Likert scale (1 =
strongly disagree to 5 = strongly agree) was used to measure the responses. Of the students who
participated in FES Part I, 252 (32.8%) also participated in FES Part II. Breaking it down by
ethnicity participation pertinent to this study, 37% of the participants of FES Part II were Black,
34% were Hispanic, and 28% were White (see Table 13).
Table 13
Participation by Ethnicity (FES II)
Ethnicity n Total Population % Participated
Hispanic 64 188 34.04
Black 83 223 37.21
White 80 284 28.16
Note. n = number of student participants.
Experiences with Involvement on Campus
Regarding involvement experiences by ethnicity, the mean of the persisters' responses was
consistent within the ethnicities (see Table 14). The averages for persisters were roughly the
same between persisters and early drop outs for each ethnicity; however, there was a much wider
variation in the averages between ethnicities when looking at students who dropped out. White
and Black early drop outs had low averages (2.29 and 2.73) in the measurement of involvement
experiences, but Hispanic early drop outs had a much higher mean of 4.67. There were also

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Speed, Heather Faye. Early Predictors of Early Freshman Year Attrition in Female Hispanic Students. Denton, Texas. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103396/. Accessed October 30, 2014.