Examining the Cultural Validity of a College Student Engagement Survey for Latinos

Ebelia Hernandez, Michael Mobley, Gayle Coryell, En Hui Yu, Gladys Martinez

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Using critical race theory and quantitative criticalist stance, this study examines the construct validity of an engagement survey, Student Experiences in the Research University (SERU) for Latino college students through exploratory factor analysis. Results support the principal seven-factor SERU model. However subfactors exhibited differential structure patterns suggesting sense of agency, initiative-taking, self-competency, and self-efficacy as a means of reflecting potential cultural nuances relative to Latinos. Implications highlight sociocultural values and perspectives to understand engagement based on Latino students' unique college experiences and meaning making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-173
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Hispanic Higher Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


  • Latino students
  • SERU
  • construct validity
  • critical race theory
  • exploratory factor analysis
  • quantitative criticalism
  • student engagement


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