Date of Award
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Dr. Cynthia E. Lynch
Dr. Aziza Zemrani
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.
University of Texas-Pan American