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graduation as the highest level of educational attainment, Hispanics made up the largest group,
51%, with Blacks making up 24%, Asians 19% and Whites 13%. (See Figure 1.) These
percentages demonstrate the lower levels of educational achievement of the Texas Hispanic
population and the disproportionally low level of Hispanic college attendees. It is generally the
case that Hispanic parents strongly encourage their children to attend college; however, the lack
of personal experience in college limits the parents' ability to give advice and help prepare their
children for college (Immerwahr, 2003; Kimura-Walsh, Yamamura, Griffin, & Allen, 2009).
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Figure 1. Graph of educational attainment by ethnicity as of 2000.
Even if Hispanic students enroll in college, many of these students are forced to make
choices, for economic reasons, that put them at risk of not graduating from college (Fry, 2002).
In the United States, only 10% of the Hispanic population has an earned a college degree, even
though their enrollment in higher education has increased the past twenty years (Yazedijan &
Toews, 2006). More than any other ethnic group, Hispanics experience factors placing them at
higher risk of not completing a four year degree. These factors include attending college part-
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