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ERIC Number: ED556387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 209
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3036-3758-2
Examining the Academic Persistence Behaviors of American Indian Transfer Students and the Implications of These on the Pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree
Bass, James Michael
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fayetteville State University
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the experiences of American Indian college students and graduates while transferring from a community college to a university. Utilizing a combination of data requests and faculty recommendations, three groups of students were recruited for participation in the study. Online surveys and face-to-face interviews, were used to collect the evidence. Of these, 23 were community college prospective transfer students; 16 were university students who transferred from a community college, and 10 were university graduates who started at a community college. The study asked two major questions: 1) Are there common characteristics of persistence behavior shared among American Indian transfer students who successfully make successful matriculations? 2) What major sources of support are credited with successful transitions? The evidence was analyzed and used to interpret the participants' experiences based on Tinto's Model of Student Departure (Tinto, 1993) and Flaga's Dimensions of Transition (Flaga, 2006). Consistent with these models, participants identified persistence characteristics in three categories: (a) Support, (b) American Indian Courses and Activities, and (c) Persistence Motivators. Students and graduates identified persistence behaviors that they credited with their successful transitions, and prospective transfers shared information about their transfer experiences. Research findings were shared and recommendations for further research suggested. [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; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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