Throughout the United States, the college dropout rate among American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) students in public universities is the highest compared to any other student group. Researchers have identified this problem and offered reasons for it, but few have made specific efforts to disrupt the continued dropout rates. This article identifies and discusses three recommendations to address the dropout problem from a systems, rather than individual, perspective: (1) living and learning communities, (2) social belonging intervention, and (3) self-regulated learning activities. Studied with minority students, these endeavors show promise for retaining underrepresented students, specifically AI/AN students. To disrupt the long-term problem of dropouts among the AI/AN population, adjustments within public university systems must be part of the effort.

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This article was originally published in the Washington University Journal of American Indian & Alaska Native Health.

Original Citation: Indian/Alaskan Native College Dropout: Recommendations for Increasing Retention and Graduation," Washington University Journal of American Indian & Alaska Native Health: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 1. DOI: 10.7936/K7T43RGK


Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes and Carol Van Zile-Tamsen were not listed as co-authors in initial publication.