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previous studies and research (Adelman, 1999; Allen, 1999; Attiyeh, 1999; Cardoza,
1991; Carnevale & Rose, 2003; Cuidraz & Pierce, 1994; Daniel, 1997; Enright &
Gitomer, 1989; Flores, 1992; Gandara, 1982; Haro, Rodriguez, & Gonzales, 1994;
Hernandez, 2000; Hurtado, 1992 & 1994; Hurtado, Hayes-Bautista, Valdez, &
Hernandez, 1992; Justiz, 1995; Landry, 2002-2003; Loo & Rolison, 1986; Morales, 2000;
Nettles, 1990; Nora, 1990; Nora and Cabrera, 1996; O'Brien & Zudak, 1998; Pace, 1980;
"Revelations and Recommendations," 2001; Rinn, 1995; Smedley et al., 1993; Solberg,
1993; Tinto, 1993; Tornatzky et al., 2002).
3. Are there similarities in Latino students who "succeed" and graduate?
Significance of the Study
The significance of this study was stated in 1970 in a report from the Carnegie
Commission on Higher Education:
Increased minority participation in graduate education is an important national goal to be
realized for the social, economic, intellectual, and cultural well-being of all persons. It is
for the collective benefit of society that the representation of minority group persons
among those earning advanced degrees is increased (p. 1).
So as far back as 1970, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education was calling for
more minority participation in higher education for the welfare of the entire nation ("A chance to
learn," 1970). With the increased presence of Latinos in the population today, the need for
increased participation, specifically from Latinos, becomes clearer every day, while the gaps
between educational attainment of white students and Latino students continue to grow.
Ascertaining the reasons that specific Latinos have successfully negotiated higher education and
have been successful at levels that have traditionally been inhospitable may help improve the
environment for everyone.
National statistics show that while Latinos remain underrepresented in graduate
education, they are becoming an increasingly important minority group in regard to population
trends (Benitez, 1998; Laden, 2001). Without a plan to improve Latino participation at the
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