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attempted to identify the principal predictors of attrition for Hispanic females in their first
semester of their freshman year in college. These predictors were thought to provide the basis
for well-directed corrective action and identification of the specific areas leading to both higher
participation and a higher success rate of the Hispanic female population in higher education.
The purpose of this study was to explore the attrition of early first year Hispanic female
students. This was accomplished by examining survey responses of this population concerning
their expectations of and experiences during their first semester of college and identifying factors
that produce increased risk of early first year attrition of Latinas. The results were expected to
provide a basis for predicting attrition related issues. Identifying potential predictors was
thought to provide colleges and universities the opportunity to reduce barriers and positively
assist in the persistence decisions faced by this population of freshmen students.
This study addressed the following question: What factors of Hispanic female students'
pre-college expectations of early college experiences and these students' first semester
experiences impact early first year attrition? To answer this question, the research focused on
full-time, first-time-in-college Hispanic females attending Texas Woman's University. More
specifically, this study compared the expectations of these women prior to their university
experience with their actual first semester college experiences. In order to obtain a more
quantitative understanding of the role any observed disparities might play in early attrition, nine
questions related to these issues were examined:
1. Does the expectation of being satisfied with academic progress have a positive
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Speed, Heather Faye. Early Predictors of Early Freshman Year Attrition in Female Hispanic Students, dissertation, August 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103396/m1/22/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .