ERIC Number: ED226898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Native American Attrition Study.
The Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute (T-VI) is a post-secondary school offering full-time occupational training in 32 skill areas and a preparatory program for students inadequately prepared to enter a vocational major program. The institute enrolls a sizeable number of Native American students, but the attrition of these students is greater than any other ethnic group at T-VI. In addition, a large number of Native American students who withdraw do so without going through the exit interview process. The purpose of the study was to determine the reasons why Native American students withdraw from T-VI and to recommend ways in which Native American attrition can be reduced. Forty-nine former students who had recently withdrawn were interviewed. For this sample, personal characteristics are described along six dimensions, and their assessment of T-VI is described along seven dimensions. Primary reasons for withdrawal, accounting for 69% of the withdrawals, were lack of money, academic difficulties, transportation, and personal and family problems. Recommendations include early identification of Native American students; emphasis on outreach, financial aid, and academic assistance; assistance with transportation arrangements; career and personal counseling; and closer contact with tribal and agency counselors. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Albuquerque Technical Vocational Inst., NM.