Date of Award

11-20-2014

Document Type

Restricted Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Community

Department

Department of Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum

Committee Chair

Clarissa Uttley

Committee Member

Kathleen Norris

Committee Member

Barbara Lopez-Mayhew

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify contributing factors for degree completion of Hispanic undergraduate students. Participants included 11undergraduate students of Hispanic background, 6 family members, 10 faculty members, and 7 administrators of participating students. This study used a qualitative approach based on Bronfenbrenner ecological systems model. Findings indicated that contributing factors for degree completion of Hispanic undergraduate students included support systems, campus involvement, and family support, among others. Results also showed that based on Brofenbrenner ecological system model, the most prevalent interactions occurred at the microsystem, and exosystem levels. This study determined that including the perspectives of students, their family members, faculty, and administrators provided a more holistic understanding of Hispanic undergraduates. This study also concluded that research focus on achievement rather than failure provided a better comprehension on what supported degree completion of Hispanic undergraduates.

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