This study investigated whether self-identified disabilities among American Indian and Alaskan Native college students impact academic performance and persistence to graduation and explored the differences in health and academic grades between American Indian and Alaskan Native students and students of other racial and ethnic identities using the National College Health Assessment. Findings indicate that American Indian or Alaskan Native students have significantly lower grades than White and Asian students, and American Indian and Alaskan Native women report the highest incidence of health problems of any demographic group. Exploratory results point to future research to determine the full impact of disabilities and poor health on academic success.
Project: Costs of Upward Social Mobility
Patterson, D. A., Van Zile-Tamsen, C., Black, J., Billiot, S., & Tovar, M. (2015). Impact of disabilities and other physical health issues on academic outcomes among American Indian and Alaskan Native College Students: An exploratory analysis. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 14, 208–221. doi:10.1080/1536710X.2015.1068254