ERIC Number: EJ722003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Reference Count: 13
Native Hawaiian Community College Students: What Happens?
Hagedorn, Linda Serra; Lester, Jaime; Moon, Hye Sun; Tibbetts, Katherine
Community College Journal of Research & Practice, v30 n1 p21-39 Jan 2006
Using a weighted database of approximately 3,000 students, this study involves the tracing of the postsecondary history of 2,516 students who identified as Native Hawaiian, graduated from high school between 1993 and 1995, and attended college. Virtually none of the students are 100% Hawaiian. Due to a long history of intermarriage, the Hawaiian race is almost entirely a mixture of Hawaiian and other races and ethnicities. However, all of the students identify with their Native Hawaiian ancestry. Our sample consists of 2 types of students; those who attended the Kamehameha Schools and those who graduated from another school but received postsecondary financial aid from Kamehameha. Our retrospective database allowed us to trace life paths almost a decade after high school, and to identify who attended a community college, who later transferred to a 4-year institution, and who graduated with a B.A. or beyond. Results indicate that the majority of Kamehameha students began their postsecondary experience at a 4-year institution. A small group of students began at a community college and transferred to a 4-year institution with graduation rates competitive to the 4-year starters. A logistic regression equation found that high school grade-point average, socioeconomic status, college financial aid, and family support were significant factors in bachelor's degree attainment for the 2-year starters.
Descriptors: Family Influence, Graduation Rate, Family Programs, Community Colleges, College Students, Postsecondary Education, High School Graduates, Grade Point Average, Socioeconomic Status, Student Financial Aid, Bachelors Degrees
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii