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FES Part I TO FES Part II Comparison
The overall expectations from both persisters and early drop outs were similar (see Table
24), but the actual experiences for early drop outs scored lower consistently than for persisters.
The expectations of persisters were high except for one item regarding joining a campus
organization. This item was scored much lower (3.35) than any of the other items surveyed. As
predicted, for actual experiences, the item measuring satisfaction with academic progress had the
largest differences (0.99) in the means between persisters and early drop outs. There was not
much difference (.16) between persisters and the early drop outs on FES I Aggregate Average,
but there a difference (.50) between the two groups on FES II. There are more variations within
the responses in the actual experiences (FES II) than with the expectations (FES I) as was
demonstrated in the standard deviations. The largest difference in the average responses
between FES I and FES II, for both persisters (1.83) and early drop outs (1.96), was the item
regarding faculty as superior teachers.
The previous results tables in this study have provided information about the students'
responses in averages. To get more specific information on how students recorded their
expectations of college and their actual early experiences, it is important to view the actual
responses. Previous researchers indicated that first year students, in particular Hispanic females,
have unrealistic expectations (Lalla, 2007; Moore, 2007; Zalaquett, 2006). Table 26 and Figures
2 and 3 illustrate how the students in this study recorded their precollege expectations and early
The overall expectations (FES Part I) of female Hispanics from both persisters and early
drop outs were almost the same (see Table 25). The actual experiences of both groups were also
similar, but the early drop outs, in general, responded more positively than the persisters.
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