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ERIC Number: ED533391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 131
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1248-5983-5
The Role of Leadership in Native American Student Persistence and Graduation: A Case Study of One Tribal College
Williams, Roderica D.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Mercer University
Literature verifies that Native American students are not graduating at a comparable rate as students from other ethnic groups. Furthermore, studies that focus solely on the persistence and completion rates for Native American students are fewer than for students who identify with other racial/ethnic groups. This research explored the inner workings of a single tribal college that has experienced successful retention and graduation rates to determine how various levels of leadership interact with students to encourage academic pursuits and degree completion at that institution. The framework for this study was based on two theories: Tribal Critical Race Theory and Family Education Model. Using a case study approach, the research was conducted at an institution in a southwestern state. Data collection consisted of interviews with executive, administrative, and student leaders as well as matriculating students; document analysis; and observations. The three research questions were addressed by the following themes: institutional support, involvement with others, and institutional dynamics. The findings highlighted the need for such support networks as remediation for students who are academically underprepared, counseling services, and funding support. Additionally, family support was found to be of great importance in student persistence. The findings also validated the positive impact of relationships students form with faculty and institutional leaders. For future study, research could be conducted at an institution where there is a low graduation rate for Native American students. Those data could be analyzed to discover what policies or practices could be modified to better assist those students in their persistence efforts. Also, research could be conducted on Native American students who stop out and return to the institution and compare those data with students who matriculate with no breaks to discover what support networks aid them in their persistence efforts. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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