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ERIC Number: ED257611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Elements of Success in a University Program for Indian Students.
Osborne, V. Con; Cranney, A. Garr
Through interview and questionnaire, this study examined the success of Brigham Young University's Indian education program by comparing it with Rouche's 11 elements of successful programs for low-achieving students. About 40% of Brigham Young's Indian students achieved bachelor's degrees, compared to 10% in comparable programs. The 19 faculty members interviewed identified most of Rouche's elements as contributing factors to their program's success and all emphasized the element of high administrative support which ranged from a separate academic department to financial awards available to all Indian students. Other factors singled out were specialized faculty, closely monitored courses, an academic advisement office for monitoring student progress, a special tutoring lab, a campus-wide Indian club, an annual Indian week, a news magazine, and a funding development program. Most instructors stated that Indians are visual learners and holistic in their learning approach. Some problems and concerns noted included weak family support, untrained study habits, limited student vocabularies, and cultural differences. The faculty recommended improved faculty preparation, and improved predictive tests. They also suggested development of Indian/Campus orientation programs, college-bound high school programs, improved monitoring programs, and the refinement of curricular offerings to include study skill courses, reading and vocabulary development, and career exploration. (PM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A