ERIC Number: ED440803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Touch the Sky: A Guide for Tribal and Community College Transfer Students.
Robbins, Rebecca L.
This handbook aims to acquaint American Indian college transfer students with the transfer process and to help both high school and community college students succeed in getting a degree from the 4-year institution of their choice. Chapters 1-2 introduce the handbook; examine the important role of tribal colleges; describe the current state of American Indians in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology; list positive and negative factors influencing minority participation in science and engineering; and discuss selected majors in those fields. Chapters 3-4 discuss student planning of the transfer process, types of college credits, and key points in transferring credits. Chapters 5-7 cover the college admissions process; student financial aid, including aid specifically for American Indians; and college entrance exams. Chapters 8-12 discuss campus "climate" and its effect on whether Native students stay or drop out; the registration process; effective communication skills; conducting research; and working with university faculty and staff. Chapters 13-15 discuss survival at a 4-year university, including managing stress; coping with the administrative jungle; using advisors; anticipating problems; selecting housing; arranging child care; managing money; balancing one's academic and personal life; and working with other students in student organizations and on the Internet. Chapters 16-17 describe careers in science and engineering and how to find a job. Chapters include vignettes, key points, and checklists. Appendices list 59 print and online resources as well as institutional members of the All Nations Alliance for Minority Participation. (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, American Indian Education, American Indians, College Admission, College Credits, College Preparation, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Higher Education, Science Education, Student Adjustment, Student Financial Aid, Two Year College Students
Salish Kootenai College Bookstore, P.O. Box 117, Pablo, MT 59855 ($15.00 plus $5.00 shipping, discounts for 50 or more copies). Tel: 406-675-4800.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Salish Kootenai Coll., Pablo, MT.