School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Primary Subject Area
Education, Adult and Continuing; Education, Bilingual and Multicultural; Education, General; Education, Higher
Academic Persistence, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Hispanic Undergraduate Students, Nontraditional Students, Qualitative, Undergraduate Students
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Higher Education
Arbelo Marrero, Floralba, "Exploring Factors that Contribute to Academic Persistence for Undergraduate Hispanic Nontraditional Students at Hispanic Serving Institutions in the Southeast" (2013). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 759.
This study examined the academic persistence of 10 undergraduate Hispanic nontraditional students enrolled at a public and a private not for profit Hispanic Serving Institution in the southeastern region of the United States, each in their last year of a bachelor degree program. Using a phenomenological research design and an ecological and sociocultural framework the findings indicated that family context, personal aspirations, campus environment within Hispanic Serving Institutions, life challenges, and English language learning each play a vital role in the persistence behaviors of this population. These factors interact at the student and institutional levels to provide students with internal and external resources and motivators that influence their academic persistence at Hispanic Serving Institutions.