ERIC Number: ED214737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Contributing Factors Relating to Why American Indian Students Drop Out of Or Graduate from Educational Programs at the University of North Dakota.
Jeanotte, Leigh D.
Undergraduate American Indians who enrolled at the University of North Dakota for academic years 1970-1979 were surveyed to determine factors contributing to attrition and retention. The final sample included 116 students, 71 dropouts and 45 graduates. A questionnaire and two information forms were designed to obtain information on biographical, pre-college and college factors of those who dropped out and those who graduated. Conclusions were based on statistical treatment of data gathered. Biographical conclusions included: sex of student does not influence completion of college degree; older students tend to persist and graduate; dropouts tend to be single; graduates have more dependents; and American Indian blood quantum bears no indication of influence. Determining pre-college factors were high school grade point average and ACT test scores. College factors revealed the Center for Teaching and Learning had more Indian graduates; campus support services were used more by graduates; and social activities hindered dropouts. Effective factors of graduates were higher college grade point averages, more semester hours completed, clearer career goals, and American Indian heritage viewed as an advantage. Recommendations requested a continuation of this study with a control group, expanding the study to include all 11 BIA Area offices, and 6 recommendations for the university. (ERB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of North Dakota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).