Latino success stories in higher education: A qualitative study of recent graduates from a health science center. Page: 19
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To answer the questions: What characteristics or factors exist among Latino students who
persist in graduate education at a health science center; what do these Latino students perceive to
be the reasons for their success in higher education; and are there similarities in students who
succeed and graduate, a review of the literature on some of the barriers that have traditionally
existed for Latino students in higher education was initiated. Particular attention was paid to
previous research that addressed the issue of barriers for Latino students in graduate and
professional education. Since this study focused on success, a review of the literature on success
in minority students, particularly Latino students, was initiated as well. Particular attention was
paid to previous research that addressed the reasons for success among minority students in
graduate and professional education.
Research has shown barriers for minority students at the undergraduate level include:
recent immigration to the US, English language proficiency, cultural issues, limited financial aid,
skewed assessment tests as part of entrance requirements, lack of knowledge about college
among parents and students, feelings of isolation and loneliness, poor academic preparation and
opportunity, discrimination, and an inhospitable campus climate (Carnevale & Rose, 2003;
Daniel, 1997; Justiz, 1995; Landry, 2002-2003; Nora, 1990; O'Brien & Zudak, 1998;
"Revelations and Recommendations," 2001; Rinn, 1995; Tinto 1993). These barriers may also
transfer to the graduate school level along with the added stress of fitting into academe at the
graduate level and the intensified level of performance associated with graduate education.
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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/m1/29/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .