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ERIC Number: EJ797781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
A Good Education?: Students Judge Tribal Colleges by Many Criteria
Talahongva, Patty
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v19 n4 p30-33 Sum 2008
Each year thousands of Native students enroll at tribal colleges. Many say the close proximity to home is a draw for them. Others check out the facilities, and some might look over the staff roster and ask how many Native instructors work at the college. Several factors go into their decisions to enroll in a particular tribal college. For their part, tribal recruiters extol the virtues of the college. They often tell students the college's accreditation status. And that is where information seems to be getting lost in the translation. When asked about the importance of accreditation to them, students were able to clearly articulate their own criteria for judging the quality of tribal colleges. However, few understood how accreditation status is acquired or what it means. In this article, the author interviews some tribal college students about how they judge their college, discussing how the students use accreditation, cultural philosophy, commitment, and other factors to critique their colleges.
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 81328. Tel: 888-899-6693; Fax: 970-533-9145; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A