Understanding the Academic Persistence of American Indian Transfer Students


  • James Bass Robeson Community College
  • Charles Harrington USC Upstate


Student academic transfer from two-year to four-year institutions is a well- documented phenomenon. Many students earning a four year degree begin their academic careers at two-year institutions. However, there is little known about the inter-institutional transfer behavior of American Indian students. The authors provide an overview of student transfer behavior, identify characteristics of this behavior, and offer suggestions on ways in which institutions can increase the likelihood of successful transfer.


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