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results, omitting the item regarding superior faculty. Early drop outs had a higher aggregate
average in their responses with two items, developing close friendships with other students
(4.80) and frequent contact with faculty (4.0) and a low standard deviation on those two items
(.45 and .71). Again, the low number of Hispanic in the early drop out category may be the
reason for the low standard deviation and the uniqueness of this group's early drop out averages.
Early Experiences of Relationships (FES II). Hispanic Females
Persisters Early Drop Outs
Items N M SD N M SD
I have developed close friendships with other
students59 4.27 0.85 5 4.80 0.45
Instructors here care about their students 59 4.22 0.79 5 4.20 0.84
I have frequent contact with faculty 59 3.51 0.99 5 4.00 0.71
I have found most of the faculty to be superior 59 2.68 1.07 5 2.20 1.30
59 2.68 1.07 5 2.20 1.30
Aggregate Average 3.67 1.13 3.80 1.28
Note. n = number of student participants.
Experiences with Academic Progress
The all female responses to early experiences of academic progress showed significant
differences between persisters and early drop outs (see Table 20). As predicted, the persisters in
the category of academic progress scored a high average (4.22), while the early drop outs had a
much lower average (3.25). Similar averages were found between ethnicities, and a lower
average was recorded for early drop outs than for persisters (see Table 21). All three ethnicities
had a difference of about 1.0 between the persisters and early drop outs. The persisters had a
consistently lower standard deviation in their responses than the early drop outs. Hispanics had
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