ERIC Number: ED295696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Native Hawaiian Community Colleges Advisory Council. Final Report.
Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Office of the Chancellor for Community Colleges.
Recent needs assessment reports show that Native Hawaiians are underrepresented in postsecondary education and in mid-level, supervisory, and white-collar occupations, and have higher than average dropout rates and lower than average basic skill levels. In February 1987, a study was conducted by the Native Hawaiian Community Colleges Advisory Council to assess the needs of Native Hawaiian students enrolled in vocational education programs at the University of Hawai'i Community Colleges. The study involved campus visitations; discussions with students, staff, and community members; a review of current literature; and an examination of existing data. The study identified seven barriers to educational access and success for Native Hawaiian students: (1) financial problems stemming from lack of information about financial aid, reluctance to disclose financial information, and difficulty filling out applications; (2) personal problems and a concomitant reluctance to speak to counselors; (3) inadequate childcare; (4) insufficient community outreach by the colleges; (5) poor self-image and a sense of alienation in the college environment; (6) a non-supportive campus environment; and (7) inadequate student assessment and monitoring mechanisms. Based on study findings, recommendations were made for improving educational services. Appendixes provide a model for student retention in vocational programs; an outline of findings concerning problems, needs, and issues; tables illustrating the underrepresentation of Native Hawaiians in specific occupations; retention and program completion data by ethnicity; and technical recommendations for data management. (MDB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Affirmative Action, College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Financial Problems, Hawaiians, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, School Community Relationship, School Holding Power, Self Concept, Student Needs, Student Problems, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Office of the Chancellor for Community Colleges.