Institutions of higher education (IHEs) across the country are facing the challenge of attracting students to attend and enroll in their institution. However, for all that is done for high school students, some research shows that targeting younger students instead would better increase the likelihood of not only high school graduation, but also college readiness and success. Yet, for all the programs and initiatives currently in practice, it appears that a family presence and interest from the beginning of a student’s career, ideally during the elementary school years, but also during the middle school years, may be significant as well. Fann, Jarsky, & McDonough (2009) noted that the role of the family and its influence on the student is of utmost importance, especially in light of an educational system that requires education beyond high school, whether it be to pursue a career or enroll in an institution of higher education from one to more years (Fann et al., 2009). It is this family presence that raises the question about the role family plays in inspiring middle school students to eventually obtain a college degree, especially among Hispanic parents.
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