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dc.contributor.advisorWard, Kelly A.
dc.creatorNewell, Kelly M.
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-19T17:58:51Z
dc.date.available2017-06-19T17:58:51Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2376/12105
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.), Higher Education, Washington State Universityen_US
dc.description.abstractNative Americans remain the most underrepresented community and culture in higher education due to a long history of colonialism and acculturation, a lack of adequate preparation for higher education at the secondary level, and lack of access to culturally relevant programs and pedagogy in traditional colleges and universities. Improved access and achievement in higher education is important for Native American students given the connections with socio-economic power and attainment for communities in the United States in our current knowledge-based economy. The study examines perceptions of Native American students toward online higher education in order to explore the viability of online degrees as a pathway to educational attainment. Defined by cultural relevancy and informed by indigenous research methods and theories, the study involved three talking circles of Native American college students from higher education institutions in the Inland Northwest (Eastern Washington and North Idaho) and six tribal education administrator interviews. Those conversations were transcribed and analyzed for common themes. Analysis of the findings revealed that student participants perceive online degree programs to be isolating and lacking in culturally relevant support systems. The findings also show that many students have very limited exposure to online degree programs when evaluating colleges, and access to the necessary technology and internet connection for completing a degree online is often inadequate where they live. These factors contribute to an overall negative perception of online higher education for the study participantsen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipWashington State University, Higher Educationen_US
dc.language.isoEnglish
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dc.subjectHigher education administrationen_US
dc.subjectNative American studiesen_US
dc.subjectHigher educationen_US
dc.subjectHigher Education Accessen_US
dc.subjectIndigenous Researchen_US
dc.subjectNative Americanen_US
dc.subjectOnline Degree Programsen_US
dc.subjectOnline Higher Educationen_US
dc.titleNative American Student Perceptions of Online Degree Programs
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation


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