Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis announced the results of their study which found that while American Indian students possess a strong desire to attend college, many are finding their goals difficult to attain.
Led by EWU Associate Professor of Sociology Pui-Yan Lam, Ph.D., and EWU Assistant Professor of Counseling, Educational and Developmental Psychology Raphael Guillory, Ph.D., the study used a survey of both American Indian students and parents to gather information. The results found 95 percent of students expressed interest in earning an undergraduate degree. Still, at EWU, only 2 percent of total enrollment is American Indian.
According to Guillory, “The study is important because it shows there is a positive mindset toward college among the American Indian population.” Around 600 copies of the study were sent to community, government and tribal leaders throughout the Northwest. Guillory hopes “putting this important study into the hands of our policy makers” will be a step toward finding the necessary changes for American Indian students to “achieve all their educational opportunities.”