Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs

Publication Date

Summer 7-12-2018


The purpose of this study was to explore relationships between motivational characteristics of American Indian college students attending a tribal college. The Inventory of School Motivation (ISM) was utilized to identify motivational constructs. The literature in general continues to portray American Indian students as the lowest academically achieving subgroup as well as having a lack of persistence and high dropout rate in higher education. This study identified areas that support motivation to attend college, which then can be shared with the tribal college to develop programs and innovations to recruit and sustain American Indian students in education, as well as contribute to much-needed American Indian education literature. The study distinguished the motivational characteristics among American Indian students that supported them in attending college.


American Indian Student Motivation Tribal College

Document Type




Degree Name

Educational Psychology

Level of Degree


Department Name

Individual, Family, and Community Education

First Committee Member (Chair)

Terri Flowerday, PhD

Second Committee Member

Allison Borden, EdD

Third Committee Member

Jan Armstrong, PhD

Fourth Committee Member

Vincent Werito, PhD