22-4 “Honoring Student Success” Resource Guide

May 13th, 2011 | By | Category: 22-4: Honoring Student Success, Online resource guides, Resource Guides, Web Exclusive

Lundberg, C.A. (2007). Student involvement and institutional commitment to diversity as predictors of Native American student learning. Journal of College Student Development, 48(4), 405-416.
Using a national sample (n = 643) of American Indian students who took the College Student Experiences Questionnaire (CSEQ), the researcher identified how student involvement and institutional commitment to diversity predicted student learning.

Pavel, M.D. (1999). American Indians and Alaska Natives in higher education: Promoting access and achievement. In K.G. Swisher and J.W. Tippeconnic (Eds.), Next steps: Research and practice to advance Indian education, 239-258. Charleston, WV: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools. ERIC Document 427912.
This chapter draws on an extensive literature review to examine factors that influence the access and achievement of American Indians and Alaska Natives in higher education.

Shotton, H.J., Oosahwe, E.S.L.,Cintron, R. (2007). Stories of success: Experiences of American Indian students in a peer-mentoring retention program. The Review of Higher Education, 31(1), 81-107.
Employing a phenomenological approach, this study explored the experiences of American Indian college students in a peer-mentoring retention program at one university.

Retention of Postsecondary Students in Specific Academic Disciplines

Lopez, N. (2010). What dental schools can learn from college experiences of American Indian students. Journal of Dental Education, 74(4):381-91.
This qualitative study used interviews to explore the positive and negative experiences of 30 American Indian college students studying at a large public university. The intent was to identify challenges they face and factors that contribute to their resilience and persistence in their education.

Thomason, T.C. (1999). Improving the recruitment and retention of Native American students in psychology. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 5(4), 308-316.

Manifold, C., & Rambur, B. (2001). Predictors of attrition in American Indian nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 40(1), 279-281.

More Recent Reviews of Research and Other Literature

Larimore, J.A., & McClellan, G.S. (2005). Native American student retention in U.S. postsecondary education. New Directions for Student Services, 109:17-32.
This chapter of an edited volume of work related to American Indian student retention provides an extensive review of pertinent literature. The review is categorized by retention theories, individual factors in student persistence, institutional factors in student persistence, and the role of faculty and staff. Recommendations for student service practices are provided, including the need for a coordinated, comprehensive approach.

Williams, R., & Pewewardy, C. (2009).  In L.S. Warner and G.E. Gipp (Eds.), Student retention initiatives at tribal colleges and universities and strategies for improvement.  Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
This work provides the historical and current context of retention initiatives at tribal colleges. The authors present a succinct summary of factors related to retention of American Indian students, including academic preparedness, campus climate, and academic/social integration. Included is a summary of tribal college initiatives and strategies to increase retention.

Hunt, B., & Harrington, C.F. (2010). The impending education crisis for American Indians: Higher education at the crossroads.

This article provides an overview of potential factors impacting retention and graduation of American Indian students. Recommendations for college retention practices are summarized.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (2011). Postsecondary success for Native American students: A brief summary of research, programs, and practices. Short Turnaround Report #0094-2011-2.  February 8, 2011.

This monograph provides a summary of data and research related to the success of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian postsecondary students. The overview includes topics from preparation for postsecondary education to challenges faced by Native college students. Each section includes a summary of the relevant research.


Many doctoral dissertations have focused on issues related to retention of American Indian students. The following list is just a sample of the varied research topics.

Cross, K.P. (2002). When and why American Indian/Alaska Native students graduate: A longitudinal study of student persistence in a tribal college. Dissertation Abstracts International. (UMI Proquest Dissertation No. 3086986).

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