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o Gender role socialization
o Lack of financial support
o Internalization of society's negative messages toward minorities
To attain higher levels of education among Hispanics in Texas both college enrollment
and graduation rates must be increased. This is particularly true for Hispanic females, since this
group makes up the majority of the college-going Hispanic population. Research has been
undertaken regarding college access, college choice and even first-year expectations for Hispanic
students; however, no studies have focused on the gap between first-year expectations and
experiences of Hispanic females. Understanding the expectations and experiences of Hispanic
females during their first semester in college would provide an improved basis for programs
directed to improved attrition and graduation rates for this important group (THECB, 2009).
Retaining students from the first to second year of college is a major concern, since most attrition
occurs during this time period (ACT, 2002; Pancer et al., 2000; Seidman 2005; Tinto, 1993;
Yazedijon 2006), especially for Hispanics (Otero et al., 2007; Rivas & Rivera, 2007; Tinto,
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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/m1/42/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .