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Research shows that succeeding in college at the undergraduate level or completing a
college degree is a complex mix of institutional, societal, and personal characteristics, some of
those including family background, economics, pre-college educational attainment, student
motivation, and quality and amount of effort exerted while pursuing a degree (Adelman, 1999;
Pace, 1980; Tinto, 1993; Tornatzky et al., 2002). The idea of high academic self-concept, which
can also be associated with intrinsic motivation and self-esteem, is a major determinant in
college success and success in life. In studies of Latino students, family support is also a major
determinant in college student success (Flores, 1992; Haro et al., 1994; Hernandez, 2000;
Hurtado et al., 1992). These theories and studies informed the focus of this study on success,
taking what is known at the undergraduate level and applying it to a more specific setting, a
health science center, to determine success factors for Latino students.
Research has also shown that 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; Gandara, 2003; Justiz, 1995; Landry, 2002-2003; Nora, 1990; O'Brien
& Zudak, 1998; "Revelations and Recommendations," 2001; Rinn, 1995; Tinto 1993). These
barriers to undergraduate students informed this study at 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 at a health science center. Several studies (Allen, 1999;
Cardoza, 1991; Hurtado, 1992 & 1994; Loo & Rolison, 1986; Nora and Cabrera, 1996; Smedley
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