ERIC Number: ED284597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Native American Academic, Financial, Social, Psychological and Demographic Implications for Education: A Challenge to Community College Administrators, Faculty and Support Service Personnel.
McIntosh, Billie Jane; And Others
In spring 1985, a survey of Native American students attending Mesa Community College (MCC) was conducted to determine whether Native American students were significantly different from the general MCC population; the age, special interests, majors, degree objectives, socioeconomic status, and career plans of these students; tribal representation within the MCC population; and the representation of "traditionalist" and "contemporary" viewpoints. Study findings, based on responses from 69 students, included the following: (1) 94.2% of the students expressed concern about financing their education, with about half working either full- or part-time; (2) Navajos were in the majority (53%), followed by Apaches (11.6%) and Pima (7%); (3) 79% felt pressures to succeed in college, and 98% wanted to earn A's and B's; (4) 85.5% were from bilingual homes and communities, though the majority (72.5%) preferred to speak English; and (5) 78.2% were from reservations or border towns, and 85% indicated that they would not be living in their family home while attending college. Values, frequencies, and percentages are provided for 136 survey items. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mesa Community Coll., AZ. Office of Research and Development.