ERIC Number: ED182062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Alaska Natives In Higher Education.
Kohout, Karen; Kleinfeld, Judith
This study examines changes in the entrance and success rates of Native students in Alaska colleges from 1963 to 1972, a time when special college recruitment and assistance programs were being developed. Information is based on the college records of those Natives who entered college for the first time at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UA), Alaska Methodist University, or Sheldon Jackson College during the sample years 1963-64, 1968-69, and 1971-72. Major findings indicate the number of Alaska Natives entering these colleges increased four times from 1963-72; the number succeeding (attaining a 2.0 grade point average for at least 7.5 credit hours per semester) increased five times; an average of only twenty-two Natives per year received a four-year degree from colleges in Alaska or elsewhere during 1969-72; Natives from private church-related boarding schools are entering and succeeding in college at a significantly higher rate than Native students from other types of high schools; and while progress has been made in increasing Natives' college entrance and success rates, their rate of success is still substantially below that of white students. Substantial improvement may be gained by changing nonacademic aspects of school environment to strengthen individual characteristics such as self concept and sense of life direction. (Author/NEC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Acculturation, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, College Attendance, College Preparation, College Students, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Eskimos, Higher Education, Statistics, Success
Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska, 707 "A" Street, Suite 206, Anchorage, AK 99501 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Inst. of Social, Economic, and Government Research.
Identifiers: Alaska; Alaska Methodist University; Sheldon Jackson College AK; University of Alaska