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The Hispanic population, underrepresented in higher education, is increasing at a rapid
rate and funding for education in the state is decreasing. Texas is already ranked well below the
national average in the proportion of the population enrolled in higher education, so addressing
this impending educational crisis must become a priority for the state. The implications for
Texas include not only the education of its population, but for the general wellbeing of society
are extremely far reaching (Bohen, et al., 2006). Improving the Hispanic population's success
rate in college enrollment and graduation benefits not only this particular portion of society but
also creates a better educated population who can make strong, positive contributions to the
economy and to the cultural fabric of the society. Not only would lowering Hispanic female
student attrition rates benefit this population, but it would also all benefit higher education by
allowing it to conserve resources, by having a more successful graduation rate and leading to
The first step toward reducing attrition among Hispanic female students during their first
year in college is identifying the factors contributing to attrition for this group. Because college
attrition usually happens during the first year (Tinto, 1993; Hicks, 2005; Rausch & Hamilton,
2006; Yazedijan & Toews, 2006), particularly among Hispanics students (Otero et al., 2007), it
is important that higher education better understand what students are expecting and
experiencing and put into place policies and programs to better bridge that potential gap. It is
this discrepancy between expectation and reality where students may struggle with their decision
to stay or leave the institution. Hispanic females face enormous obstacles in their path to college
graduation. Factors that must be considered when deciding on ways to improve the chances of
success in college for Hispanic females include the fact that many are first generation students,
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