ERIC Number: ED308778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
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Native American Persistence in Higher Education: Toward a Competency Model. AIR 1989 Annual Forum Paper.
Benjamin, Don-Paul; Chambers, Stephen L.
Studies of student persistence in higher education often concentrate on members of ethnic minority groups who fail to persist. A study was conducted concentrating on the successes of persisting students and representing a preliminary effort to develop a model of student competency. The population consisted of 70 new first-time full-time Native American freshmen enrolled at a southwestern state university in fall, 1984. Results included the following: (1) traditional-age students tended to persist at a higher rate than more mature students; (2) 1 year after entry, few persisters were from the bottom half of their graduating class; and (3) no conditionally admitted students persisted after 3 years. Portions of interviews with selected students are provided, and cultural difference connected to persistence are discussed. Findings suggested that higher education must develop an appreciation for cultural diversity in defining and reinforcing student competencies which enhance persistence. Contains 50 references. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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