ERIC Number: EJ822109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Persistence among American Indians and Alaska Natives at a Bible College: The Importance of Family, Spirituality, and Validation
Saggio, Joseph J.; Rendon, Laura I.
Christian Higher Education, v3 n3 p223-240 Jul 2004
Research on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students indicates that only about 47% persist to complete their freshman year, meaning that one of out two students drops out before the sophomore year. Using a focus group methodology, the study reported in this paper examined the extent to which in- and out-of-class academic, social, and spiritual experiences are associated with persistence among AI/AN students at a Bible college. Family, spirituality, and validation were the most important influences on student persistence.
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Academic Persistence, Focus Groups, American Indian Education, Religious Factors, North Americans, College Students, Dropout Research, Social Influences, Spiritual Development, Academic Achievement, Student Experience, Church Related Colleges, Family Influence
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