ERIC Number: EJ996506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-8
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Tribal Colleges Offer Basic Education to Students "Not Prepared for College"
Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr 2012
Besieged by poverty, American Indians have historically trailed other minority groups in attending and finishing college. Many lack the literacy skills to succeed in college courses or job-training programs--natural routes to employment. But as the country focuses on increasing college attainment and reducing unemployment, basic education for adults is becoming a national priority. The Obama administration and nonprofit groups like the Lumina Foundation for Education are encouraging more Americans to go beyond high school to prepare for jobs, a hard road for low-skilled adults. Many are high-school dropouts, and even those with a general-equivalency diploma, or GED, tend to have math and reading skills below the eighth-grade level. Tribal colleges, some located on reservations with low rates of education and high unemployment, are increasing their efforts to help solve those problems. Several tribal colleges are employing a model called Breaking Through, developed by the advocacy groups Jobs for the Future and the National Council for Workforce Education, to help American Indians pursue higher education.
Descriptors: American Indians, Tribally Controlled Education, Adult Basic Education, Models, Postsecondary Education, Educational Attainment, College Readiness, Advocacy, Remedial Instruction, At Risk Students, Unemployment, Transitional Programs, Human Capital, Labor Force Development
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Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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