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complete the follow up survey. Eight students completed the first survey at orientation but did
not register for fall classes. Twenty-seven students withdrew from the institution prior to the
distribution of the follow up survey. In addition to these individuals who were not available for
the follow up survey, some current students who did complete the surveys during orientation
might have chosen not to participate in the follow up survey.
The focus of this study on Hispanic females offered several advantages. Hispanics make
up the largest ethnic minority group in Texas. Hispanic females make up a larger percentage of
the entire Hispanic enrollment. The Texas Hispanic population is growing every year, and the
percentage of student population of this group is expected to grow in Texas in next several years.
The focus on this single group for this investigation reduced the number of potential factors
contributing to early attrition and allowed for a higher level of confidence in the conclusions and
Definitions for terms used throughout this research report are as follows:
Black. A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa (IPEDS,
Hispanic. A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or
other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race (IPEDS, 2009).
White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East,
or North Africa (IPEDS, 2009).
Early attrition. Attrition during the first semester of the first year of college.
Participation. Being engaged in the academic experience and involved in student
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