Promoting academic and life success for indigenous students in the United States

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The United States has a long history of providing assimilationist, English-only schooling for American Indian (AI) students that failed to prepare them for higher education. Efforts were made in the 1960s and 1970s by the U.S. government to provide more culturally appropriate schooling and to provide pathways for AI students into higher education; however, with the passage of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, these early efforts faltered as efforts focused on raising student test scores and largely ignored the inputs needed to interest and support AI students in higher education. Unfortunately, the NCLB approach also did little to close the racial and socioeconomic achievement gap. This chapter examines what researchers have found that can improve the chances for AI success in higher education, such as establishing programs like Upward Bound to better prepare AI students for college and implementing culturally based education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Opening Pathways for Marginalized Individuals in Higher Education
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781668438213
ISBN (Print)9781668438190
StatePublished - Jun 24 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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