Maria Jimenez-Ortiz

Scholar: Maria Jimenez-Ortiz

Maria Jimenez-Ortiz

Major: Psychology and Secondary Education

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Daniel Perez

Research Topic: First-generation Latino/a Students in Higher Education: Removing Barriers to Success

Abstract: The Latino population is the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. Yet, the enrollment rate for Latinos in higher education is still extremely low. This study examines what college institutions are doing to remove the barriers that first generation Latinos students face in higher education. The methodology for this study includes a comprehensive analysis on HSI (Hispanic serving institutions) and PWI (predominantly white institutions). The study predominately focuses on The University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Texas at El Paso. The study examines the success rates among Latinos at these universities: degrees obtained, drop-out rates, and retention. Statistical data is obtained through the university demographic database and statistical package for social science to successfully analyze the multiple factors in the study. The main focus is academic language, resources, and diversity in faculty.

Earned Baccalaureate Degree: August 2011

Earned Master's Degree: Spring 2015, University of Nevada, Reno, Counseling and Educational Psychology