ERIC Number: EJ903058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
American Indian/Alaskan Native Undergraduate Retention at Predominantly White Institutions: An Elaboration of Tinto's Theory of College Student Departure
Lee, Junghee; Donlan, William; Brown, Eddie F.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v12 n3 p257-276 2010-2011
This article reports findings from a major public university sponsored study undertaken with the intention of (a) improving university understanding of factors affecting American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) undergraduates' persistence at this institution, and (b) identifying in what areas, and in what manner, this institution could improve campus-based services to better support AI/AN undergraduates. Tinto's integration-commitment model of attrition was utilized as a conceptual frame, and data was collected using four different methodologies. This study found that "financial difficulties" and "family obligations", and how these two themes interact in the context of AI/AN cultural self-identity are critical issues affecting AI/AN undergraduate persistence. Findings are used to elaborate and more fully develop Tinto's model in its application to AI/AN undergraduate persistence in predominantly White institutions.
Descriptors: American Indians, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Undergraduate Students, Alaska Natives, Educational Finance, Family Needs, Financial Problems, Self Concept, Whites, Models, Focus Groups, Internet, Surveys, Social Integration, Student School Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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