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themselves at home in the academic and social cultures of the campus where their previous
knowledge and experiences are valued and enlarged" (p. 3).
The Educational Testing Service, which administers the Graduate Record Examination,
has done several studies to determine if the GRE does actually predict success in graduate
school. To do these studies, researchers at ETS asked professors from around the country what
skills and characteristics made students successful in graduate education (Enright & Gitomer,
1989). Enright and Gitomer (1989) made inferences about the importance of certain
characteristics that result in student success based on what faculty members said were important
aspects of graduate education. Good research skills were at the top of the list of important
characteristics that graduate students should possess. The ability to exhibit behavior indicative of
a professional in the field was also rated as important by faculty members who said this occurs
through socialization into the profession. Other skills that are acquired in graduate school are
writing, argumentation, and evaluation of research. According to Enright and Gitomer (1989),
these skills are often acquired through modeling faculty behaviors.
Latinos as a group are underrepresented among students receiving doctoral degrees and
first professional degrees, which includes medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine.
Given the fact that 3.4% of the student population received doctoral degrees in 2002 and 4.8% of
the student population received first professional degrees that same year, a serious deficit in the
number of Latinos at this level of education exists. Currently, Latinos comprise 13% of the US
population. Because of the changing population trends with the Latino population expected to
increase to 25% of the US population by 2050, this imbalance in higher education success needs
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