ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints201810.0055.v1
Subject: Social Sciences, Education Keywords: Native American students; Retention, Enrollment, Graduation
Online: 3 October 2018 (14:35:04 CEST)
Native Americans are the single most underrepresented racial group in American higher education today; those enrolled in college are also disproportionately first-generation students. In order to help universities attract and retain Native American students, this study utilizes the four R’s of indigenous research to document the motivations of first-generation Native American students to attend and remain at a mid-sized public university in the northwest. Student participants report that social and cultural support were key factors in their decisions to attend and remain at their institution. Implications of these findings are discussed, and recommendations are made to higher education institutions seeking to attract and retain Native American students.