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ERIC Number: ED311778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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[A Survey of American Indian Students.]
Wells, Robert N.
A survey was conducted to obtain more reliable data on Native Americans in higher education and to ascertain the factor contributing to their success and failure in college. A questionnaire was mailed to 79 colleges and universities serving the largest percentage of Native Americans in the United States. A total of 33 valid responses were received. Findings included the following: (1) as a group, American colleges provide relatively few data for Native Americans and to not have programs aimed at breaking down specific barriers to Native American achievement; (2) retention and matriculation rates for Native American students are low; (3) although institutional support programs and pre-college intervention programs have increased, the Native American student's financial and personal or family problems continue to be roadblocks to academic success; (4) the major barriers to higher education are economic difficulties (coupled with reduced federal aid to college students), inadequate college preparation, and difficulties in adjusting to college. Tutoring programs, developmental and remedial courses, structured counseling, and pre-college orientation are recommended. The questionnaire, with tallies of responses, is appended. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A