Factors Affecting the Success in Graduate School of Latino International Students: A Case Study at the University of Georgia

Abstract submitted to the 2016 MANRRS Conference
Hugo Alexander Moran Chavez
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication
129A Four Towers Building
University of Georgia
Athens, GA
Presented in the Fall of 2016; published on April 2018

Latino International Students may bring a spherical lens of agricultural systems, culture, languages and academic perspectives. In the years to come, these students may contribute to the development of solutions to problems of food security, environmental degradation, inequality and economic and social sustainability. Especially, in the journey of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. Therefore, understanding and examining the Factors Affecting the Success in the graduate school of Latino International students become increasingly crucial in Higher Education. Using a qualitative design, lived experiences of Latino international students at the University of Georgia were examined. A sample of (N=15) of students enrolled in the academic year of 2015-2016 participated in a series of semi-structured interviews. The interviews transcriptions followed a process of transcribing and coding. Emerging themes from the codes were arranged in a framework of Factors. The framework was developed to help to improve the Universities’ recruitment and retention techniques, increase the population of Latino International Students and increase the graduation rates. The demographic information showed that 60% (N=9) of the participants were male, and 40% (N=6) of the participants were female. The majority of participants (92%) claimed to have scholarships through the Fulbright Foundation that partnered with their home country governments. Preliminary findings suggest that, availability of career centers, peers with similar background, unstable transportation system, being away of family, lack of bilingual documentation, lack of Latino faculty, complicated application process, the late acceptance notification, the lack of motivation from professors during the first semester, and the fear of not finding assistantships to finish their program are the main factors affecting their success.

KEYWORDS: Success, sustainability, Latino.  



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