ERIC Number: ED355083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-30
Reference Count: N/A
Study of the Indian Education Fellowship Program. Final Report.
Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
This document represents a study of the Indian Education Fellowship Program that provides Indian students with financial assistance to attend colleges, universities, or professional schools. It describes the individuals who received Fellowships during 1985-1989 and the higher education institutions they attended. Data were obtained by reviewing application files of recipients and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), contacting university registrars' offices, and conducting a mail survey of the recipients and telephone interviews of recipients' institutions. A total of 287 out of 482 recipients (60 percent) from 178 institutions returned the mail questionnaires. Results of the study indicate: (1) 74 percent of undergraduates and 80 percent of graduate students were enrolled in good standing or had completed their academic programs; (2) of the recipients who completed school, 59 percent of undergraduates and 85 percent of graduate student recipients were employed; and (3) among employed recipients, about 60 percent had at least one job that involved them with members of the Indian community. Good standing enrollment and completing the program are related to: not taking time out, receiving the Fellowship for more years, not having children, and enrollment in medical programs. Institutional characteristics related to study outcomes were also examined. The report discusses the following policy issues: (1) the effect of dropping the criterion of financial need; (2) potential changes in allowable fields of study; (3) the optimal proportion of undergraduate versus graduate recipients; and (4) program management issues. This report contains 15 tables. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.