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present themselves to colleges to intervene in ways that will positively influence enrollment and
retention. It is critical for institutions to better understand what the expectations are and reflect
on how institutional actions can demystify or reinforce these expectations. It is critical for
institutions to better understand what expectations are being held by students and put in place
actions that address these appropriately.
Areas of Additional Research
As with many research projects, there are several areas that this study did not cover and
could be included or expanded upon in another project. The value in knowing what college
students are expecting and then experiencing is invaluable to higher education when it comes to
improving attrition rates. Such knowledge provides the opportunity for the university to better
shape expectations on the one hand, and on the other hand, the opportunity to focus effort on
improving those experiences that most impact retention. Knowledge of how these factors
uniquely apply to Hispanic females provides yet further opportunity to bring appropriate, well
positioned efforts to bear. It is apparent that being able to identify variables that lead to retention
or attrition deserves further research. The time period researched by this study was restricted to
one semester. Extending the research period to one year would offer a more complete picture of
attrition and improve prediction. Another area of research that could be undertaken is a better
understanding of drop outs (i.e., students who do not return to college) versus stop outs (i.e.,
those who do return to college), especially among the Hispanic population. Extending the time
frame for the study might well capture more precisely this population's college expectations and
Another research area, which future studies could profitably pursue is why Hispanic
Females' expectations are so high. For this study, the Hispanic female population was not found
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