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According to a study by Granados and Lopez (1999), minority graduate students face the
same difficulties that all students face as they transition from undergraduate to graduate study,
with several additional challenges. These challenges or barriers include: lack of role models and
mentors, limited faculty awareness of their needs and concerns, lack of faculty support for
minority student research, lack of a minority student support community, and lack of a
mechanism that encourages development and maintenance of social and professional networks
for students (Granados & Lopez, 1999). Laura Rend6n (1994) found that Latinos are more likely
to be first-generation students providing these additional issues: distrust of institutional
infrastructures, fear of failure, fear of asking questions, fear of being perceived as 'stupid' or
'lazy,' cultural separation, doubts about being 'college material,' trauma associated with making
the transition to college, and being intimidated by the system. Research by Shirley Vining Brown
(1994) echoed this finding, with a focus on financial problems for all students hindering graduate
enrollment, but especially for minority students. In her research, Brown (1994) discovered a
parallel financial hardship for all graduate students based on the idea that students should pay for
graduate education themselves, but she also discovered a difference between the motivation of
majority and minority students, with minority students having greater doubts than majority
In 1997, the College Board organized a National Task Force on Minority High
Achievement to address the issue of chronic shortages of underrepresented minorities in higher
education, particularly at high levels of academic achievement (National Task Force, 1997).
From their research, the Task Force concluded that the minority high achievement problem was
far-reaching, extending to academic underachievement by minorities at all socioeconomic levels,
not just the lowest socioeconomic levels. The Task Force concluded that this pervasive
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