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The role of social capital and mediating factors in Hispanic student college retention


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation study describes the characteristics of Hispanic students who were and were not retained at the university level. Two-hundred and forty-five undergraduate Hispanic students answered survey and assessment questions about their network of close relationships, attitudes towards ethnic identity, and degree of acculturation. Data gathered indicated that their perception of their English language proficiency was the strongest predictor of retention from the fall to the spring semester. Students who were retained reported a higher sense of belonging as compared with those who did not return after the fall semester. Female students reported higher levels of ethnic identity and reported having friends in high school that were more academically supportive as compared with the male students in the sample. Foreign-born students also had higher levels of ethnic identity and acculturation when compared with the students from the United States. Both freshman and senior students had higher levels of social agency as compared with the junior students. Follow-up interviews suggested that participation in groups and individual determination are important factors in retention.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational psychology;
Hispanic Americans;
Higher education;
Social capital;
Student retention;
College students;
Mediation
Classification
0525: Educational psychology
0737: Hispanic Americans
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; College students; Hispanic; Retention; Social capital
Title
The role of social capital and mediating factors in Hispanic student college retention
Author
Shiu, Alexandra
Number of pages
109
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0014
Source
DAI-A 69/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549684428
Advisor
Johnsen, Susan K.
Committee member
Bagby, Janet H.; Cloud, Robert C.; Driskell, Robin L.; Palacios, Elizabeth D.; Robinson, Eric L.
University/institution
Baylor University
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3316065
ProQuest document ID
304690447
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304690447
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