Factors influencing the success of Latino and Latina international students in graduate school
Moran Chavez, Hugo Alexander
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The purpose of this study was to examine the factors that influenced the success of Latino/a international students in graduate school at a Research I institution in the South East of the United States. The design of this study was qualitative. Purposive and snowball sampling were the methods to recruit the sixteen participants of this study. Semi-structured interviews took place during the fall of 2015 and the spring of 2016. Findings from this study resulted in ten constructs: campus setting, racist rhetoric, academic environment, recruitment techniques, retention techniques, student background, cultural and academic transition, resilient skills, personal life situations, and professional development. Findings provided by participants will assist U.S. universities and colleges, Latin American governments, and parents to help this population succeed in higher education.