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1. Another important factor is that since the survey was completed at the new students'
orientation, their expectation levels might have been elevated.
FES I Participation by Ethnicity
Ethnicity n Total Population % Participated
Hispanic 176 188 93.61%
Black 209 223 93.72%
White 278 284 97.89%
Expectations of Involvement on Campus
Six items on the FES Part I were selected to measure the expectations of students
regarding their involvement in campus activities their first semester. These items were joining
academic interest/honor societies, athletic organizations, Campus Activities Board, Greek
organizations, student government, and volunteer organizations. Students rated each item on a 5-
point Likert scale (1 = strongly disagree to 5 = strongly agree). Tables were divided into two
categories of students: (1) persisters and (2) early drop outs. Persisters were students who had
enrolled in spring 2009. The term "early drop outs" referred to students not enrolled in the
spring of 2009 semester at the institution. Early drop outs might have transferred to another
institution of higher education, opted out of college temporarily for the spring semester, or
completely dropped out college permanently.
When looking at expectations of involvement by ethnicity for females (see Table 2),
Black female students who persisted had higher expectations of involvement than Hispanic or
White females. Of the students who dropped out early, Black females, again, had the highest
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