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

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dc.contributor.advisor Johnsen, Susan K.
dc.contributor.author Shiu, Alexandra.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Dept. of Educational Psychology. en
dc.date.copyright 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/5204
dc.description.abstract 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. en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission. en
dc.subject Hispanic American college students --- Southwestern States. en
dc.subject Hispanic American college students -- Ethnic identity --- Southwestern States.
dc.subject Hispanic American college students -- Social networks --- Southwestern States.
dc.subject Hispanic American dropouts --- Southwestern States.
dc.subject College dropouts --- Southwestern States -- Prevention.
dc.subject Social capital (Sociology) -- Psychological aspects.
dc.subject Hispanic American college students -- Cultural assimilation --- Southwestern states.
dc.title The role of social capital and mediating factors in Hispanic student college retention. en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en
dc.rights.accessrights Baylor University access only en
dc.contributor.department Educational Psychology. en


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