ERIC Number: ED249013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Higher Education Study of Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Students.
Aitken, Larry P.; Falk, Dennis R.
To improve Chippewa Indian retention in higher education, 277 Indian students, 7 key informants, and 11 service providers were surveyed to determine facilitating factors as well as obstacles. Of the 277 students, 125 responded to the questionnaire. The sample included former college graduates, college dropouts, and current students. Service providers were college faculty and staff from Minnesota and one border institution. Factors which contributed to remaining through graduation included personal motivation, adequate parental and financial support, positive faculty responsiveness, and support of friends. Impacting factors on college completion also included parents' level of education and attitudes, identified career goals, and attendance at Indian student organization meetings. All three survey groups reported inadequacies in precollege advisement and academic preparation, poor study skills, and lack of funds and child care services. Key informants cited as an additional obstacle cultural alienation while service providers indicated a need for American Indian faculty and staff. Indian student retention will be most facilitated by family and Indian community support, improved high school preparation, precollege workshops, additional financial aid, institutional commitment to Indian student support, and encouragement of return to college by dropouts. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chippewa (Tribe); Minnesota