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ERIC Number: EJ780835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0162-5748
Stories of Success: Experiences of American Indian Students in a Peer-Mentoring Retention Program
Shotton, Heather J.; Oosahwe, E. Star L.; Cintron, Rosa
Review of Higher Education, v31 n1 p81-107 Fall 2007
The postsecondary attrition rate for American Indian students is higher than of any other racial or ethnic group. It is therefore imperative to identify factors that encourage their persistence in higher education. Employing a phenomenological approach, this study explored the experiences of American Indian college students in a peer-mentoring retention program at one university. The findings revealed key elements in establishing a successful peer-mentoring relationship and confirmed that peer mentoring can be a vital component in American Indian student integration and academic success. These findings warrant further investigation into the characteristics of successful peer-mentoring programs using other American Indian populations. (Appended are: American Indian Retention Program; Focus Group Script; and One-on-One Interview Script.) [A version of this article was presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in November 2005, at Philadelphia.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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