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This chapter describes the selected method of inquiry, the student population of this
study, and the data collection and analysis procedures utilized to address the research questions.
The purpose of this quantitative study was to identify variables that have the potential to increase
the risk of first year early attrition of Hispanic female students. This study utilized a descriptive
research design, a fundamental method widely used in educational research (Groleau, 2004).
Correlations between and/or among the variables of interest were used to determine how well
pre-selected, pre-college characteristics influenced persistence decisions for Hispanic students.
This type of analysis was used to indicate any relationship between like responses on both
surveys, the FES Part I and the FES Part II. If a discrepancy was found between the responses,
then that item was expected to serve as a potential predictor of attrition.
Population Demographics of Texas Woman's University
TWU is a public institution, "the nation's largest university primarily for women" (TWU
website, 2009). The average age of the undergraduate population is 26 with the majority of
students being commuters. According to the TWU Fact Book (2008), the undergraduate
population of TWU in 2008 was 7,420, with 6,898 (93%) being female and 1,333 (18%) being
Hispanic. There has been a 5% increase in the Hispanic population at TWU over the past 5
years, with Hispanic students totaling 758 (13% of the total student population) in 2004 and
1,333 (18%) in 2008 (TWU Fact Book, 2008). This trend of an increase in the proportion of
Hispanic students is expected to continue.
At TWU in the fall of 2008, the full-time, first-time-in-college population consisted of
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