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associated with intrinsic motivation and self-esteem or a strong internal locus of control, is a
major determinant in college success and success in life (Enright & Gitomer, 1989; Harrington &
Boardman, 1997; Tinto, 1998).
Family support was also a determinant in college student success, according to Flores
(1992). Other studies have shown that family plays a central role in the lives of Latinos, and this
influence does not diminish across the generations (Haro & Gonzales, 1994; Hernandez, 2000;
Hurtado et al., 1992). The family is a source of support for Latino students, providing a strong
foundation that students can depend on. According to Hernandez (2000), meeting other Latino
students who were successful or who were succeeding was also important to the success of
Latino students at an undergraduate institution. Students who were successful academically were
also drawn to the idea of community on campus, seeking out the support of students who were
like them (Padilla et al., 1997). LeSure-Lester (2003-2004) found that the most successful Latino
students were those who felt satisfied with their academic development and welcomed by faculty
members. In essence, these students felt as if they had been accepted into the academic
The idea of community fits into Schlossberg, Lynch, and Chickering's (1989) theory of
mattering/marginality. According to the theory, students must feel like they "matter" to be
successful in college. This can be played out in a community setting whereby students seek a
sense of community so they will matter (Pascarella & Terinzini, 1991). This sense of "mattering"
can also be seen in the use of mentors among successful students (Arellano & Padilla, 1996;
Parker-Redmond, 1990; Sedlacek, 1989).
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