ERIC Number: ED202637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-3
Reference Count: N/A
The Bureau of Indian Affairs Should Do More to Help Educate Indian Students. General Accounting Office Report to the Secretary of the Interior.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
A study done by the United States General Accounting Office at seven higher education institutions that enrolled approximately 2,000 Indian students indicated that Indian students had lower assessment test scores and cumulative grade point averages than the general student population and that Indian freshmen particularly needed help. Recommendations included: (1) the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) should develop and implement a system for gathering information on Indian students and the schools they attend to help students further their education, develop leadership potential, and increase professional and vocational employment opportunities; (2) counseling, pre-college orientation programs, and remedial and tutoring services should be offered; (3) BIA should assess the elementary and secondary education achievements of Indian students so that it can suggest to freshmen students remedial courses or other education programs than a 4-year degree program; (4) there should be BIA regulations spelling out how the program is to be administered and the services that should be provided to Indian students; and (5) BIA should sufficiently staff the higher education grant program. Recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior included the above and also that colleges should assist and encourage Indian and non-Indian counselors to provide more support services for Indian students. (CM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, American Indian Education, American Indians, Ancillary School Services, College Freshmen, College Preparation, College Students, Counseling Services, Dropout Characteristics, Federal Indian Relationship, Financial Aid Applicants, Higher Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Characteristics, Student Mobility, Student Needs, Tutoring
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.