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While many studies have focused on college preparation programs and ways institutions
have addressed the need to level the playing field for Latinos in higher education, this study
focuses on how particular Latino students view the playing field [higher education], providing a
fresh perspective on individual success. Anecdotal evidence from Latino students questions the
"one size fits all" approach of many professors and programs in higher education. This approach
does not take into account the added hardships of being different culturally or in any other
aspect. The role of minority-serving institutions might aid students to succeed in undergraduate
education, and the current literature points to the role of these institutions in fostering success
among undergraduates (Benitez, 1998; Carnevale & Rose, 2003; Laden, 1999; Laden, 2001).
However, the vast majority of minority-serving institutions lack professional or graduate
education, especially the newest minority institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions (Benitez,
1998; Carnevale & Rose, 2003). These institutions might provide higher graduation rates for
Latinos than predominantly white institutions, but students face a different world when they
decide to continue their education at other institutions, specifically institutions that are designed
to offer graduate education in medicine and the health professions. While some of the students in
this study graduated from a Hispanic Serving Institution, the effects of HSIs on Latino students is
not within the scope of this study.
This study aimed to answer the following questions:
1. What do Latino students perceive to be the reasons for their "success" in higher education
at a health science center?
2. Can the factors that influence the success of Latino students at a health science center be
categorized as family background, cultural background, educational background, and
personal perceptions or goals? Or are the factors that influence the success of Latino
students at a health science center unique? These influences have been derived from
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