Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Cynthia E. Lynch

Second Advisor

Dr. Aziza Zemrani

Third Advisor

Dr. William L. Turk


Using inferential statistics, this thesis examines whether college experiences, pre-college experiences, and the institutional factors affect college success at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. Secondary data were used from the Graduating Student Survey administered by the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the University of Texas-Pan American for the years 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011. The findings indicate that college experiences do have an effect on college success (significant at .05 p-value); job after graduation serves as a better predictor of college success than competency; institutional factors also have a significant effect on college success, especially in job after graduation and plans to attend college; and pre-college experiences have a significant effect on competency before data manipulation.


Copyright 2012 Esther G. Herrera. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American