ERIC Number: ED317364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
College Persistence of Alaska Native Students: An Assessment of the Rural Alaska Honors Institute, 1983-88.
Gaylord, Thomas A.; Kaul, Gitanjali
Despite efforts by educators, full participation by Alaska native students in the state's colleges and universities has not yet been achieved. Alaska Natives are the state's only racial group that is underrepresented in enrollments at the University of Alaska (UA). This report examines the contribution of the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) in nurturing Alaskan talent. RAHI recruits promising college-bound rural Alaska Natives who are high school juniors to participate in a 6-week academic enrichment program. These students who enter UA at Fairbanks are required to maintain a minor in Alaska Native studies and engage in a 2-month internship program. These socioeconomically deprived, first generation high school students were not well prepared for rigorous academic study. During the RAHI summer session, however, they made significant progress in mathematics and reading. Seventy-five percent of the 255 students who were examined went on to enroll in postsecondary courses. Ninety-two percent would unequivocally recommend RAHI to other students. Twelve percent of RAHI alumni for 1984-85 summer session, and 8% from the 1985-86 session completed a bachelor's degree in the minimum amount of time required, whereas none of the Alaska native students not attending RAHI had done so. (DHP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska Univ. System, Fairbanks. Office of Institutional Research.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska