The American Indian and Alaska Native Student's Guide to College Success

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Choosing the right college is a big decision for most people. American Indian and Alaska Natives are no exception, but finding a college that offers a good educational program in their major plus a strong support system for tribal traditions makes that decision even more complex. This volume will help Native people clarify their postsecondary aspirations, improve their college choice, and increase their success in college. After a thorough examination of the issues that should be considered, Pavel and Inglebret ...

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Overview

Choosing the right college is a big decision for most people. American Indian and Alaska Natives are no exception, but finding a college that offers a good educational program in their major plus a strong support system for tribal traditions makes that decision even more complex. This volume will help Native people clarify their postsecondary aspirations, improve their college choice, and increase their success in college. After a thorough examination of the issues that should be considered, Pavel and Inglebret present the different types of colleges available, programs and services to meet the special needs of Native students, and financial aid options. By answering many of the basic questions students have about going to college, Pavel and Inglebret help to demystify the process and encourage more Native students to pursue a college education.

Special features include: -A list of colleges with Native American studies, and those most friendly to Native Americans' needs -A list of sources for financial aid, with contact information -Interviews with Native American students on all aspects of their college experiences -Suggestions for students on how to balance their new college experiences with their community and heritage

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Pavel and Inglebret offer a practical guide for American Indian and Alaska Native people of all ages who are interested in successfully getting a college degree. Coverage includes profiles of three successful college students talking about success; American Indian and Alaska Native worldviews and postsecondary access and achievement; financial aid; maintaining spiritual, mental, and physical well-being; getting prepared to ensure success in college; developing problem-solving and critical- thinking skills; internet resources; exemplary four-year institutions with a holistic approach to Native student recruitment and achievement, and tribal colleges and universities; the circular journey of college success, centered on cultural identity as the core of student success; and additional student profiles describing individual students' successful college experiences."

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Reference & Research Book News

"This volume will help Native people clarify their postsecondary aspirations, improve their college choice, and increase their success in college. After a thorough examination of the issues that should be considered, Pavel and Inglebret present the different types of colleges available, programs and services to meet the special needs of Native students, and financial aid options. By answering many of the basic questions students have about going to college, Pavel and Inglebret help to demystify the process and encourage more Native students to pursue a college education."

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National Indian Education Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313329586
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

D. MICHAEL PAVEL (CHiXapkaid, ancestral name; Skokomish, tribal affiliation) Associate Professor of Higher Education at Washington State University, is nationally renown researcher on issues dealing with American Indian and Alaska Native access and achievement in higher education. He is an enrolled member of the Skokomish Nation and active traditional bearer. A frequent speakers at events across the country, Dr. Pavel is married to Susan Pavel and has two sons, Kaid'dub and Akea.

ELLA INGLEBRET is Assistant Professor of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Washington State University.

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Table of Contents


Figures and Tables     xi
Preface     xiii
Profiles of Successful College Graduates     1
Where to Begin the Journey   CHiXapkaid     10
The Ancestral Experience of Higher Learning     10
Why Go to College?     15
Clarifying Aspirations, Intentions, and Vision     24
Helpful Resources     26
Financial Aid     28
College Pricing and Financial Aid     28
Important Advice about Financial Aid     31
Working and Going to College     39
Debt Management Material     41
Scholarships     43
"101 Tips from the Pros"     46
Early Commitment Programs     57
Sources of Financial Aid     57
Final Comment     58
Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Well-Being   CHiXapkaid     60
Community Longing or Homesickness     60
You Say You Want to Party?     62
Cultivating Resilience     64
Getting Prepared to Ensure Success in College     77
What Matters Most     77
Academic and Social Preparation     84
Matriculation and the Critical Periods     89
DevelopProblem-Solving and Critical-Thinking Skills     93
Problem Solving     93
Critical Thinking     101
Internet Resources     110
General Web Sites Dedicated to Improving Postsecondary Access and Achievement     111
Web Sites Dedicated to Improving Native Postsecondary Access and Achievement     116
State-Supported Web Sites and Links to Assist Parents and Students     124
Conclusion     126
Exemplary Four-Year Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities     127
Private Institutions     128
Public Four-Year Institutions     130
Public Research Universities     136
Tribal Colleges and Universities     140
The Circle of Success     150
What Is Success?     150
The Journey of Success     152
The Core of the Circle of Success: Cultural Identity-It's Complex     152
Concentric Circle: Individual, Family, and Community     154
Concentric Circle: Tribal Nations     155
Transitioning into the Outer Circle: Preparing for College     156
The Outer Circle: The Journey through College     158
The Outer Circle Becomes Complete: Returning to Serve     159
Final Thought      160
More Profiles of Successful College Graduates     161
Factors Underlying Native American Student Success-A Literature Review     179
Financial Aid Terminology     199
Notes     223
References and Bibliography     229
Index     237
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