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ERIC Number: EJ832977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Pre-College Factors Impacting Persistence at a Diverse University
Vaquera, Gloria; Maestas, Ricardo
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v10 n4 p425-445 2008-2009
Undergraduate student persistence has been widely studied over the past several decades; however, the majority of this research focuses on predominantly White institutions and fails to consider retention in a diverse context. To address this need, this exploratory study examined 3rd and 5th semester persistence of White and Hispanic students at a Hispanic-serving institution. In addition to traditional pre-college factors found to impact persistence, previous academic preparation, degree intent, and social class background, we examined experiences with diversity prior to entering college. The results of the logistic regressions indicate that different factors impact White and Hispanic students. Two of the three diversity experience variables, cultural awareness and racial composition of high school, were significant factors impacting persistence. The most important predictor of retention was the college cumulative grade point average. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico