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In this final chapter, implications, recommendations and suggestions for future research
are discussed. As stated in Chapter 1, it is clear that the more educational experience and the
higher level of educational training attained by a population, the better equipped that population
will be to succeed in all aspects of their lives - academically, financially, socially and politically
(Admon, 2004). Since both the number of Hispanic high school students in Texas and the
proportion of the total Texas population that is Hispanic is projected to increase significantly in
the coming years, the problem of low participation of Hispanics in both secondary and higher
education will likely become more acute. Obtaining a higher level of participation of Hispanic
students in college will require substantial effort and strong initiatives on the part of educational
institutions across the state of Texas. Since the Hispanic population makes up such a large
percentage of the state's population, it is essential that this group receive particular attention in
efforts to improve education in Texas. More specifically, to attain higher levels of education
among Hispanics in Texas, both college enrollment and graduation rates must be increased.
Analysis of the data provided on the Freshmen Experience Survey (FES) parts I and II
confirmed that Hispanic students do have high expectations of college. Academic progress,
instructors caring about their students, and development of close friendships with other students
were the highest ranking pre-college expectations for Hispanic females. With respect to pre-
college expectations, there was very little difference between ethnicities in the levels of
expectations these groups had for academic progress, establishing relationships, and getting
involved on campus. Several studies in the literature indicated that Hispanics tend to have more
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