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ERIC Number: ED308749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-21
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Hispanic Student Success.
von Destinon, Mark
Information is presented on a study designed to learn how successful Mexican American students surmount the factors contributing to Mexican American student attrition at the University of Arizona. The subjects were from the 1985 entering freshman class. Intensive interviews were conducted with each student, and content analysis of the interviews was the method used to analyze the data. Emerging from the anecdotal, self-reported data were the common experiences relating to the persistence of Mexican American students at the university. Data divide naturally into the areas of personal behaviors and problems and institutional behaviors and problems. Only summary findings from the personal area are reviewed. Several categories relating to personal behaviors were determined (human support, financial adversity commitment, and gender differences). Findings include the following: (1) in the area of familial support, a method is needed to involve the parents in the students' education so they can develop an understanding of the challenge their child faces and (2) in the area of financial adversity there is a need for education on the meaning of financial aid and its availability. Many of the experiences noted are particular to minority groups; (for example, most have parents who are blue collar workers, and many college females have the double burden of schoolwork and pressure to marry or work while attending school while their brothers have all expenses paid). Contains 38 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Conference of the Arizona College Personnel Association and the Arizona Executive Committee of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (Tucson, AZ, April 20-21, 1989).