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attend college part-time, work part-time, work full-time, delay enrollment, attend a community
college, and experience a lack of social capital and academic preparation (Fry, 2003).
It is now well demonstrated that the Hispanic female college student population has a
unique set of characteristics and issues to face in regard to completing their degrees. What can
higher education do today to make a positive impact on these student's lives and increase the
chances of college success? Where expectations, experiences, and expectation-experience gaps
of Hispanic female students are found to influence attrition, the institution of higher education
can to do the following to facilitate expectations, involvement on campus, and academic
Because previous studies indicated that first-year students, in particular Hispanic females,
have unrealistic expectations this is an area worthy of more in-depth research. The results of this
study showed that Hispanic females generally have the same level of expectations as did students
of other ethnicities, unrealistic or not. Understanding what students are expecting and the level
of those expectations is critical to the attainment of Hispanic females. The following
recommendations are made regarding expectations:
* Devise efforts to adjust expectations to be more 'realistic'
* Create training, programs, and experiences aimed at satisfying the expectations of this
* Create training and provide education to staff and faculty aimed at satisfying the
expectations of the this population
* Educate students and families earlier in the college experience about realistic
expectations (i.e., through High School Visits, Open Houses, New Student Orientation)
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