Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

Cecilia Maldonado-Daniels

Number of Pages



This qualitative naturalistic study examined the retention barriers for foreign-born Hispanic English as Second Language (ESL) students that dropped out of the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) ESL for-credit program and the need for services they perceived would have helped them succeed. The participants for this study were foreign-born Hispanics who were taking ESL 110B, ESL 111B and ESL 120B (levels 1, 2, and 3) during the 2005-2006 academic year and have since dropped out. The main focus of the study was on institutional and social factors that affected the retention rate of this population at CSN. Four in-depth interviews were conducted to better understand those factors. The findings show the need for bilingual instructors and bilingual support service staff. A major factor which affected interviewees' non-continuation in the ESL for-credit program was their lack of knowledge about the availability of support services.


Attrition; Born; CSN; College of Southern Nevada; English; Second; Language; ESL; Foreign; Hispanic; Students

Controlled Subject

Education, bilingual; Adult education; Education, Higher

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2887.68 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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