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ERIC Number: ED437874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 23
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America's First People: Factors Which Affect Their Persistence in Higher Education. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Taylor, Janis Swenson
To determine the factors that have contributed to persistence in successful Native American students, this study investigated student expectations, life experiences on campus, perceptions of support and lack of support for cultural identity, difficulties encountered, perceptions of how the Native American's college experience differs from that of majority students, degree of institutional support, and the factors that make the college experience worthwhile. The study was conducted at a large, predominantly white research university in a racially homogeneous state. A diverse group of 13 Native American undergraduate students who had persisted for more than one semester were interviewed; their tribal relationships and family structures varied, eight were the first generation to attend college, and some expected to return to tribal life. Their reported experiences of alienation stemmed from academic struggles, skin color and appearance, covert and overt racial hostility, lack of respect, stereotyping, loneliness and lack of role models, and lack of institutional support. Another factor important to understanding the life experiences of these students related to their reasons for attending college: the two strongest factors for their attending college and persisting were supportive people (instructors, advisors, parents) and their own determination. (Contains 28 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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