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to be addressed, not only to help with issues of health inequities among Latinos, but to provide
the US with adequate numbers of healthcare providers and scientists; therefore, it is critical that
the success rate of Latino students at health science centers be improved.
This study sought to determine the personal pathways of success for Latino students who
chose to enter a health science center for graduate study and graduated. The study analyzed
individual life histories, gathered through in-depth interviews of the students, to uncover the
pathways to higher education success among Latino students at a health science center.
Discovering what pathways Latino students take that result in success in graduate or
professional education is a first step in providing a better picture of what intervention tactics
might work to help Latino students achieve graduate-level success in higher education. The
research points to the importance of focusing on successful students to improve the success rate
of Latino students in higher education (Padilla, Trevifio, Gonzalez, & Trevifio, 1997). This focus
on successful students allows institutions, faculty, staff, and students themselves to understand
just what it may take to be successful in higher education and allows for modeling of successful
Purpose of the Study
This study answers some of the questions that researchers and practitioners have been
asking regarding the education and success of Latino students in graduate education beyond the
K-16 models, specifically at a health science center. By studying individual success stories of
Latino students who have entered a health science center for graduate education and have
graduated, we can determine some of the influences that may result in graduate success for the
Latino student population.
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Colley, Kay Lynne. Latino success stories in higher education: A qualitative study of recent graduates from a health science center., dissertation, May 2007; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3687/m1/19/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .