ERIC Number: ED464770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Students and College Preparation.
A study examined the extent to which high schools are preparing American Indian students for college. Counselors were surveyed at 47 on- and off-reservation high schools serving Indian students in 16 states. Only 17 percent of Indian students in the schools were enrolling in college. Under 10 percent of Indian students were taking 4 years of college prep math, and 30 percent were taking no math at all. Almost a third of Indian students were not enrolled in a science course. Over half the high schools did not have a science lab. Only 1 percent of Indian students were enrolled in advanced placement classes. Most Indian students were not applying for any scholarships for college study. Only 2.4 percent of Indian students had access to a full set of scholarship directories in their high schools. Anglo teachers dominated in 29 schools, Native teachers dominated in only 7. Fourteen schools had no Indian teachers. There were huge gaps in support services. Many opportunities for college preparation were closed to Indian students, who were often marked for remediation programs instead of mainstream or advanced classes. Recommendations to principals, parents, and counselors are included. Data are presented on the schools' Indian enrollment, dropout rate, attendance rate, accreditation status, enrollments in specific courses, college enrollment, teacher characteristics, extracurricular activities, and counselor training needs. Appendices present the survey form, a bibliography of scholarship directories, and a college preparation checklist. (TD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Catching the Dream, Albuquerque, NM.