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argument for studying student success stories, he makes an almost obvious assertion that needs
to be restated for our purposes when analyzing barriers to college graduation and success: "In
short, successful students possess expert knowledge about campus barriers that allows them to
take effective action to avoid or overcome those barriers" (p. 5). The barriers that must be
overcome by a particular student are particular to each campus and each student. Many barriers
cut across campuses and students, but how each barrier interplays with the campus and the
student will likely influence the student's ability to overcome the barriers and experience
success. Padilla (n.d.) found four classes of barriers for minority undergraduate students at a
large public university in the Southwest. The classes were: discontinuity barriers, barriers
experienced as lack of nurturing, barriers related to lack of presence on campus, and resource
barriers. Some examples of discontinuity barriers were transitioning from a small town to an
urban setting or vice versa, learning to live life as an adult, and coming to terms with delaying
current opportunities to work and earn money for the delayed benefits of a higher education that
will result in a higher salary. Lack of nurturing can involve lack of family support, a perception
on the part of students of lower expectations from faculty and staff, and a lack of minority role
models on campus. A lack of presence on campus is related to a lack of nurturing, including
racial isolation, a lack of minority role models and mentors, cultural isolation, a lack of visible
minority support groups, and a lack of minority issues integrated into the curriculum. The final
class of barrier identified by Padilla (n.d.) is resource barriers. Plain and simple, college is
expensive. The actual costs of attendance are high, especially for the poorest students. Many
Latino students lack the funding to attend college, and they also have problems with the financial
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