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ERIC Number: ED425881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Educational Needs Assessment of St. Regis/Akwesasne Mohawk College Students at the State University of New York College at Potsdam.
Stebbins, Susan
A telephone survey interviewed 112 present and former American Indian students, most of whom were from the St. Regis/Akwesasne Mohawk reservation, attending State University of New York College at Potsdam (SUNY Potsdam). The survey was conducted to determine Akwesasne needs and wants, to ask what the college could provide, and to promote greater collaboration between the college and the reservation. Data are qualitative and presented in eight categories: declared or potential majors; previous college experience; work experience; what made a good class; what made a bad class; obstacles to college success; whether or not to recommend SUNY Potsdam to a friend; and recommendations to recruit, retain, and ensure graduation of Native students. Professors were what made a good class, and professors with narrow or biased attitudes made bad classes. Obstacles included large classes, financial problems, and nonrecognition (invisibility) of Native students; however, all but two interviewees would recommend SUNY Potsdam to friends. Recommendations were: extension classes on the reservation; more classes with Native content and integration of Native history, culture, and literature into classes; inclusion of Mohawk language classes; specific programs such as special education, counseling, or masters programs; Native counselors and support services; representatives to high schools; more summer classes; workshops for improving research and writing skills; and more state funding for Native American Affairs. Bibliography contains 16 references. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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