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degree (Pew Hispanic Center, 2004). Solberg (1993) found that three factors act as barriers to
success for Latino students: academic stress, social stress, and financial stress. These three
barriers can be seen as a lack of support systems available on campus to reduce the barriers of
being under-prepared academically, lacking a sense of community, and lacking the financial
means to continue higher education (Solberg, 1993). Morley (2003-2004) echoed these studies
when assessing students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, finding that racial/ethnic
accountability, the pervasiveness of white culture on campus, and lower pre-college learning
opportunities challenged the social and academic integration of minority students, particularly
African American and Latino students. Morley (2003-2004) concluded that six racial and ethnic
dynamics provide barriers to undergraduate minority students, particularly African American and
Latino students, at a predominantly white institution. These barriers were: the role of family life,
being placed socially by race and ethnicity, racial and ethnic accountability, the pervasiveness of
white culture, the pursuit of a color-blind society, and the overrepresentation of minority students
among weaker academic students (Morley 2003-2004). According to Morley's study (2003-
2004), these attributes weakened student integration, which led to feelings of marginality.
Gumecindo Salas, vice president of governmental relations for the Hispanic Association
of Colleges and Universities, said the Latino culture can provide a barrier for college attendance,
since it strongly values family and family proximity ("ETS at a Glance," n.d.). "This can serve as
an inhibitor for young Latinos who may have to turn down educational opportunities at faraway
universities or forego pursuit of a degree altogether to care for or help support their families," (p.
2). Tornatzky et al., (2003) also emphasized the role of Latino culture in presenting barriers for
students when attending higher education. Relying on family for emotional and financial support
and the need to stay near home means that students may pass up higher education opportunities
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