Early Predictors of Early Freshman Year Attrition in Female Hispanic Students Page: III
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It takes a village to raise a child, but when I enrolled in the doctoral program, I realized
the analogy applied here as well. With a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation, I acknowledge
the individuals instrumental in guiding and supporting me to bring this goal to fruition.
I thank Dr. Barbara Bush, Associate Professor of Higher Education, UNT, for her
guidance throughout my academic program and the completion of this dissertation. I was also
fortunate to benefit from the guidance of committee members, Dr. Kathleen Whitson and Dr.
Maureen McGuinness. These three incredible women served as my mentors and advisers; I am
thankful for their time and contributions. I offer many thanks to Dr. Richard Nicholas, Vice
President for Student Life, TWU, and Dr. Monica Mendez-Grant, Associate Vice President for
Student Life, TWU, who provided encouragement, valuable insight, and guidance throughout my
coursework and dissertation
I add countless thanks to Robert Placido, Associate Vice President for Technology and
Information Services, TWU, because his valuable expertise and patience helped me understand
and analyze the data. I am extremely appreciative for his assistance with the many hours of
repeated mini "Stats 101" courses until "I got it."
With enormous love and respect, I thank my sisters, Christy and Julie Speed, as well as,
my parents, Sue and Stan Speed. I send a very special thank you to my dad for all the proofing
and editing he provided throughout this experience. I could not have done this without his
critical eye and loving approach. My deepest thanks, love, and appreciation to my husband,
Jason, and my children, Emily (8) and Wes (4). "Thank you for your patience, constant
understanding, and the sacrifices you made. Jason, without your unwavering support, I would
never have conceptualized this dream, let alone the courage to achieve it. We did it!"
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