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ERIC Number: ED552229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 201
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2679-0110-1
Remediation in Mathematics: A Factor in the Retention of Entering Freshmen at a Hispanic Serving Institution
Pena-Park, Rolinda May
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Texas - Pan American
Many institutions of higher education face a common challenge--retaining students in a time when higher education is of most importance. Students must be prepared to compete in today's fast growing global market. Students are dropping out of college at an alarming rate due to the lack of academic readiness. The main area of academic deficiency is in the area of mathematics (National Center for Education Statistics, 2006). The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore the effectiveness of remediation courses in mathematics and identify the factors that influence success or failure of Hispanic students at a Hispanic Serving Institution in Higher Education located in South Texas. The researcher explored the rates of retention among students who passed remedial math and graduated as compared to those who did not pass and ended up dropping out of school. This study was based on Tinto's retention theory. Tinto (1993) introduced a "Model of Institutional Departure." The findings of the study corroborated Tinto's theory of retention, in which students interviewed agreed that faculty/staff interactions were very important. The participants also agreed that peer-group interactions were viable in getting acclimated at the university. A strong finding that did emerge was the importance of family support. The conclusion derived from the study was that the students are in need of strong university support. Universities must embrace the family value within the university community as well as engage the student body in creating university environment. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas