ERIC Number: ED204050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-13
Reference Count: 0
The Support Service Approach to University Education for Native Students in Alberta.
Of the four universities within the Province of Alberta, the University of Calgary has most effectively met the bicultural needs of Native students. Athabasca University's correspondence courses are usually not effective for Native students. The University of Alberta's "Morningstar" program allows teacher certification before completion of degrees and offers its course off-campus in an Indian controlled institution; of the 37 students completing the 2-year training, 24 have taught for at least a year and 13 (some included in the 24) have completed their degrees; these 13 exceed the total number of Native teachers in the Province when the project began. The University of Lethbridge has, in association with the Blackfoot Tribe, created a department of Native American Studies and has a full-time student advisor on its staff; since the establishment of the department, 23 Native students have graduated in all disciplines. The University of Calgary offers support services for Native students in regular programs. Presently, two full-time tutor/advisors (one a Native person) assist students. A student lounge, the Red Lodge, fosters Indian identity. The fact that almost all of the 38 graduates since 1976 are working in the service of their people indicates acceptance of the graduates and the University of Calgary's program by native Indian communities in Alberta. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alberta; Metis (People); Supportive Services Program
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).