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Minority Disparity in College Retention: An Examination of Alaska Native Retention Programs at UAA

Status Complete
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 09/01/2004
End Date 06/30/2005
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grants
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Community Partner
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Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM
Keywords Retention

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Faculty
  Claudia Lampman

Student Researchers
  Rebecca Prieto

Abstract

Social dynamics (e.g., racism, ethnic stereotypes) threaten college success for minority students (Maton & Hrabowski III, 2004; Schmader, Major, & Gramzow, 2001). These threats can lead to academic disengagement and lowered self-efficacy-- possible factors in low minority retention (Bandura, 1977; Mayo & Christenfeld, 1999; Schmader et al., 2001). Research indicates that programs designed to alleviate universal stressors (e.g., financial aid, study support, skill development) and minority specific stressors (e.g., academic and social integration) produce higher retention of minority populations. The University of Alaska Anchorage offers three such programs for Alaska Natives. This study involves both process and outcome evaluation components for these retention programs: Alaska Natives into Psychology, Alaska Natives into Science and Engineering, and Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing.

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