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examines several of the precollege characteristics he has studied as potential predictors of
Though Tinto's theory is applied in numerous studies as stated above, he is not without
critics. According to Swail et al. (2003), applying Tinto's theory to minority students is
"limiting" in that it does not take into consideration the complexity of culture and the role culture
plays in the everyday decisions of minority students. McCubbin (2003) stated that Tinto's
theory is intended to apply to only traditional aged students, limiting its generalizability. Even
with these potential shortcomings, Tinto's theory was an appropriate and applicable framework
for this study. The population utilized in this research is first year students where the majority
were traditionally aged students. The student culture and values are addressed in the conclusion
of this study.
The goals for education in Texas have been set out in the Closing the Gaps 2015
document prepared by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The basic premise of
the document is that a population that has more educational experience and attains a higher level
of educational training will be better equipped to succeed in all aspects of their lives financially,
socially, and politically. Building and maintaining a highly educated populace will produce a
stronger workforce and increase the advancement opportunities available to them. "The
implications of continuing low attainment among a sizeable and growing segment of our
population for the long term well-being of American society are staggering" (Bohon et al.,
The literature states that achieving societal goals involving higher participation of
Hispanic students requires substantial effort and "bold" initiatives on the part of educational
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