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ERIC Number: ED563310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 126
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-1595-8
Institutional Factors Contributing to Hispanic Male Nursing Degree Attainment
Rios, Deidre M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
President Obama's 2009 graduation initiative has emphasized the shift in the national academic focus from access to higher education to graduation, making degree attainment one of the most important factors of measurement and accountability for institutions of higher education. Students of color, in particular, Hispanic males, have not fared well in higher education, and their graduation rates fare among the lowest. Because community colleges have received federal financial support for workforce programs, such as nursing, a community college with a successful associate degree nursing program (ADN) was selected for this qualitative case study. The research question that guided this study was, what institutional factors contributed to ADN degree completion by Hispanic male students at one community college in Texas? The researcher interviewed six participants, and the data gathered was triangulated through review of field notes, internal documents shared, and various online reports. Three themes emerged from the data collected: (a) The community college invested in the development of faculty and staff and shared best practices; (b) The faculty and staff were united in their mission, personally desired to help students succeed, and believed in the value of shared governance and collaboration; and (c) The campus environment was student-centered, inclusive, diverse, and espoused a "graduation and beyond" outlook. Findings suggest that the institutional factors that contributed to the increase in graduation rate of Hispanic males from the associate degree nursing program include recruitment and admissions, curriculum and instruction, and to a lesser degree academic services and student services. Financial aid was the only institutional factor that could not be confirmed as having contributed to the graduation rates of the Hispanic male nursing students who attended one community college in Texas during the first decade of this century. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas