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large differences between the persisters and early drop outs for each ethnicity. White and Black
persisters were more satisfied than their corresponding early drop outs, but Hispanics were
unique in that Hispanic Early Drop Outs had a much higher average than Hispanic persisters.
Persisters by ethnicity were more consistent in their responses than were the early drop outs as
seen by the standard deviations.
Experiences of Involvement (FES II). Female Ethnicities
Persisters Early Drop Outs
Ethnicity N M SD N M SD
Hispanic 177 3.64 1.15 15 4.67 0.49
Black 225 3.67 1.19 24 2.29 1.30
White 207 3.53 1.21 33 2.73 1.46
Note. n= number of unique responses.
When examining the responses for all females' early experiences of involvement, differences
were more apparent between persisters and early drops outs than when exploring expectations
(FES Part I). The persisters' aggregated average for involvement experiences was 3.64, while
the average for early drop outs was 2.97. (See Table 15.) The lowest averages among
involvement experiences for early drop outs were being involved in campus activities and having
joined one or more campus organizations. The highest average among involvement experiences
was for the persisters who indicated the campus social provided many opportunities for
participation. The largest discrepancy in the averages (0.77) occurred between persisters and
early drop outs for the item, "I am involved in campus activities through attendance or
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