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FES I and FES II p-values for Correlations by Academic Progress
All Females Hispanic White Black
Academic Progress .000** .005 .001 .002
Note. **p <.001.
The intent of this research was to explore the extent to which precollege expectations,
early college experiences and any disparities in these could help predict a tendency for increased
attrition in Hispanic females. Through the data provided in the FES Part I and FES Part II, it was
firmly confirmed that Hispanic students do have high expectations of college. Being satisfied
with academic progress, instructors caring about their students and developing close friendships
with other students were the top three precollege expectations for Hispanic females. Few
differences were observed between the expectations of college for Hispanic female persisters and
early drop outs. Differences between persisters and early drop outs were much more prominent
for the early college experiences of Hispanic females. Early drop outs had a much higher
aggregate average than did the persisters indicating that the items with high satisfaction results
are not items to consider when looking at ways to enhance their retention rate. Three experience
items for the early drop outs had an average response of 4.8, six of the eight items were rated
over 4.0 and the standard deviations for these six items are small.
The responses of Hispanic females on three items on FES Part I and FES Part II correlate
with the tendency of attrition in college attendance for this group. These items were: (1)
satisfaction with academic progress at the end of the freshman year, (2) campus social life
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