Goals, Family, and Community: What Drives Tribal College Transfer Student Success


Matthew Makomenaw


Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice


This article examines success factors for American Indian tribal college students who transfer to 4-year predominantly White institutions. The study examined the experiences of 8 tribal college transfer students to Midwest universities. Using an indigenous methodology, 3 themes were found to help American Indian tribal college transfer students succeed, which were personal goals and dreams, family matters, and being a member of an American Indian community.



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