ERIC Number: ED239814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Native College Success in the Seventies: Trends at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. ISER Occasional Paper No. 15.
Kleinfeld, Judith; And Others
Researchers analyzed information from student records and student organizations to determine the academic success, dropout, and graduation rates of Alaska Natives at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF) throughout the late 1970's. Perhaps due to political, social, and policy changes, Native student success peaked in the early 1970's and leveled off in the late 1970's. The leveling off may have been due to the greater enrollment of poorly prepared students, perhaps a result of new village high schools. Native freshmen dropout rates declined from 87% in 1963 to 75% in1975, but the chance of success between 1977 and 1979 was still only one in three. The number of Native students completing associate or bachelor's degrees also increased during the 1960's to peak in the early 1970's. One reason for the increase was the development of field-based teacher education programs which accounted for one third of all Native degrees between 1972 and 1980. Most bachelor's degrees were awarded to Native women in education or social science; most associate degrees, to men in technological fields. Between 1935 and 1980, UAF awarded 202 bachelor's degrees, 61 associate degrees, 4 masters's degrees, and 1 doctorate to Native students. (SB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Boarding Schools, College Attendance, College Students, Dropout Rate, Educational Trends, Graduation, High Schools, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Predictor Variables, Rural Education, Sex Differences, Standardized Tests, Student Attrition
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Anchorage. Inst. of Social and Economic Research.
Identifiers: Field Based Programs; University of Alaska Fairbanks; Village High Schools