ERIC Number: EJ705180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-17
Reference Count: N/A
On the Right Path: Over the Past 20 Years, Colleges and Universities Continue to Experience an Increase in the Number of American Indian-Alaska Native Students Receiving Degrees
Shirley, Valerie J.
Black Issues in Higher Education, v21 n9 p88 Jun 2004
Accounting for only 1 percent of the total U.S. population, American Indians have a 60 percent to 70 percent high school dropout rate, the highest among all minority groups. At the same time, however, more American Indian students than ever are graduating from high school and leaving their home communities behind in pursuit of a higher education. Leaving their communities behind also means trying to maintain a balance between their indigenous values and beliefs and that of the dominant culture's. And despite their high dropout rates and the fact that 30 percent of the American Indian population lives below the poverty line, they recognize that education is the key to a better future. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (1999-2000), there has been tremendous growth in the number of earned degrees in postsecondary institutions serving American Indian and Alaska Native students.
Descriptors: Enrollment Trends, Postsecondary Education, College Bound Students, Poverty, Dropout Rate, American Indians, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Tribally Controlled Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; United States