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survey by ethnicity and attrition rate, Hispanic females being satisfied with academic progress
had the highest level of significance and a positive correlation. The item regarding the campus
social life was significant for Hispanic females, as it was for Black and all females combined, but
Hispanics were again unique in that their correlation was negative while the other groups'
correlations were positive. This has an interesting implication in that previous studies have
indicated that involvement on campus leads to retention. This does not appear to be the case for
Hispanic females, and determining appropriate involvement levels may be necessary for this
The responses of Hispanic females on three items of the FES I and FES II correlate with
the probability 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 provides many
opportunities for participation, and (3) joining one or more campus organizations. Only one
item, academic progress, was found to be statistically significant when comparing the differences
between responses of FES I and FES II and the attrition rate, but this was only the case when
examining the responses for all females. Obviously, academic progress was of great concern to
Hispanic females and the leading variable in this study that impacted students' decisions to stay
or leave the institution. Campus life is important to Hispanic females, but determining the right
level of involvement is critical. It is possible that the types of campus activities available to
Hispanic students are not ones that are helpful or reinforcing for this population's success.
Joining one or more campus organizations had a positive impact on attrition, while campus
social life provided many opportunities for participation, it had a negative impact on attrition.
Getting involved on campus is critical, but if not balanced, involvement could take away from
the purpose of college and begin to affect academic performance in a negative way.
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