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PRESENTATION OF THE FINDINGS
The attrition of college students is a continuing issue for higher education, especially
among Hispanic females. The purpose of this research was to explore the attrition of early first
year Hispanic female students by examining survey responses of this population concerning their
expectations of and experiences during their first semester of college. Identifying factors that
produce increased risk of early first year attrition for Latinas provides the opportunity for
colleges and universities to reduce barriers and positively assist in the persistence decision this
unique population faces. This chapter provides analyses of the data collected and the findings of
For this study, data were collected from institutional records of Texas Woman's
University (TWU) and from 2 two-part Likert-type instruments, i.e., the Freshman Experience
Survey (FES) Parts I and II. Part I of the FES was distributed prior to the students' freshman
year during the summer of 2009 and included topics regarding expectations that the students had
of their first year in college. Part II of the FES, distributed during the 10th week of the 2008 fall
semester, collected information on the students' actual experiences and was used to determine if
the students' expectations of their first year were being met or if there were gaps between their
earlier expectations and realities of their early college experience. Out of 778 possible first year
respondents, 769 (98.8%) participated in the FES Part I. Of those who participated in FES I, 252
(32.8%) participated in the FES Part II.
Survey responses were recorded in an Oracle database and custom written scripts were
used to extract data in a form suitable for use in Excel and SPSS utilization. Institutional data
were selected from the university's primary student database to determine enrollment status for
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