Share Paper: Examining cultural and technological barriers to Native American students’ use of online college degree programs

  1. Kelly Newell, Washington State University-Pullman, United States
  2. Olusola Adesope, Washington State University-Pullman, United States

Abstract: Though created as a way to provide wide-spread access to higher education to rural and place-bound students and communities, distance education, and primarily online degree programs, are not highly utilized by the Native American community, though most reservations are rurally situated, tribal members choose to stay together for cultural reasons, and access to higher education is desired. This paper reviews the technological, sociological and cultural barriers that may be contributing to the low adoption of online higher education programs by Native Americans.