ERIC Number: ED460810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Family and Its Effect on Institutional Choice and Post-Freshman Retention of American Indian/Alaska Native Students at a Bible College. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Saggio, Joseph J.
The influence of family on institutional choice and post-freshman persistence of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students was studied at a small Bible college with a freshman retention rate of 86 percent. Data included interviews with 29 of the college's 62 AI/AN students. Findings indicate that family had both a positive and negative influence on choosing a college, as well as positive and negative influences on persistence beyond the pivotal freshman year. Positive influences of family related to choosing a college included encouragement to attend, encouragement by example, and encouragement to succeed. The negative influence of family related to choosing a college consisted of bias against Bible colleges. Positive influences of the family on student persistence included encouragement to succeed, spiritual encouragement, and encouragement by example. Family influences that discouraged persistence included family responsibilities and financial difficulties. Recommendations include conducting more research on the changing dynamics of AI/AN families, involving the entire family in student recruiting efforts, and providing funding mechanisms for economically disadvantaged AI/AN students. (Contains 63 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Richmond, VA, November 15-18, 2001).