Predicting College Student Loan Repayment: The Texas Hinson-Hazlewood College now available on APPDigital

The University of Houston’s US Latino Digital Humanities Center (USLDH) announces the digital publication of Predicting College Student Loan Repayment: The Texas Hinson-Hazlewood College, a dissertation submitted by Salvador Gómez for the Ph.D. degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 1978.

The text analyzes the evolution of financial aid to college students in Texas and especially the relationship between student indebtedness, ethnicity and academic dropout. It also critically examines notions such as “ethnicity” and “delinquency” and the various social and administrative factors that condition this phenomenon.  

This is an ideal text for researchers in different areas (from administration to psychology to economics) who seek to address the phenomenon of university indebtedness or the causes of dropping out of school after high school. This digital text will soon be complimented by a digital exhibit of Salvador Gómez’s scrapbook and an oral history interview with his daughter, Rosanna Moreno. 

This digital dissertation offers a virtual option for content and assignments. Educators and students can create free accounts on APPDigital, which gives them access to highlighting, annotating and sharing capabilities. Educators can create a private reading group and share an automatically generated invitation code that students can use to create annotations visible only to the class. Students may interact with questions the educator pre-adds to the margins, annotate the text with their thoughts in the margins and respond to their classmates’ annotations. The “Share” tool allows users to share a passage from the text on X (formerly known as Twitter) or generate a citation for the selected passage in APA, MLA or Chicago styles. The APPDigital platform is built using Manifold software and displays iterative texts, powerful annotation tools, rich media and robust community dialogue, transforming scholarly publications into interactive digital works. 

APPDigital is an extension of the US Latino Digital Humanities Center. In 2019, the Mellon Foundation awarded UH a grant to establish a first-of-its-kind US Latino Digital Humanities Center in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The Center provides scholars with expanded access to a vast collection of written materials produced by Latinas/os and archived by the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (“Recovery”) program and UH’s Arte Público Press, the nation’s largest publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by Hispanic authors from the United States.

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