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Above and Beyond: Undergraduate Latinos Aspirations to Pursue Graduate Education

Author:
Gonzalez, Amber Michelle
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Education
Degree Supervisor:
Cynthia A. Hudley
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2012
Issued Date:
2012
Topics:
Hispanic American Studies and Education, Higher
Keywords:
Higher Education
Latinas/os.
Hispanics
Aspirations
Graduate Education
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
Description:

Latinas/os are the largest and fastest growing minority group however they still remain the smallest group to complete graduate program in the United States (Fry, 2004; NCES, 2011). Moreover, if the proportion of Latinas/os continues to grow and the post-baccalaureate shortfall persists, a serious shortage of highly educated Latinas/os is likely, limiting the numbers of this group who will be able to assume professional and leadership positions. This dissertation study examined Latina/o undergraduate students to understand their aspirations for graduate and professional education using a sample of undergraduate Latina/o students from the University of California undergraduate experience survey. Structural equation modeling results indicated that Latina/o undergraduate students' perception of access to academic resources and instruction positively predict their aspirations to pursue post-baccalaureate education. Moreover, more positive perceptions of access to academic resources mediate the relationship between students' perceptions of their own pre-college academic abilities and aspirations to pursue graduate education. This comprehensive model is useful to institutions and policy makers as they design, develop, and assess programs to motivate and support Latina/o students in the pursuit of graduate degree enrollment at the University of California.

Keywords: Latinas/os, Hispanics, higher education, aspirations, graduate education.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (107 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3k35rm5
ISBN:
9781267933935
Catalog System Number:
990039503120203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Amber Gonzalez
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