Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Mohammad Moin Uddin

Committee Members

Keith Johnson, Ken Silver


This research project focuses on helping Hispanic students in the East Tennessee region excel in higher education with existing resources from various organizations. Hispanic high school students were identified to complete a survey. Findings showed that these students are facing legal, financial and social challenges when thinking about higher education. Even though these students are facing these challenges, they still want to pursue higher education in order to make a positive impact in their communities. The collective impact idea is proposed as part of the solution for this social complex problem. Since it is impossible for an individual to solve this alone, the goal is for these organizations to work together to help this population and their families. The conclusion of this project reminds us that data shows that the Hispanic population is growing in this region of Tennessee and that helping and educating this population is extremely important.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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