PEMBROKE — Research by James Bass about American Indian college success was published March 21 in the national publication The American Journal of Indigenous Studies.
The article, “American Indian Racial Identity and Persistence in the Pursuit of Bachelor’s Degrees,” is a qualitative examination of the effects of racial identity and student engagement that promote degree completion.
Bass is the executive director of Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He has been an adjunct lecturer in the department of Mass Communications at UNC Pembroke for 10 years and has also taught in the department of English, Theatre and Foreign Languages. He is the former director of student success at Robeson Community College.
The article was derived from a 2013 study Bass conducted to learn more about the factors that help American Indian students complete the four-year university degree by way of the transfer pathway started at the two-year community college. The study focused on support mechanisms that helps students, particularly first generation college students, navigate their trek through higher education.
The American Journal of Indigenous Studies, a part of the American Scholarly Research Association, is a peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes works within the topics of American Indian education, anthropology, art, and indigenous language and literature.
Bass earned a bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration from Pembroke State University, a master’s in English Education from UNC Pembroke, and a doctorate in education from Fayetteville State University. He was a 2014 recipient of the Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in Community Colleges, and he has presented research in American Indian college success at the Southeast American Indian Conference and the North Carolina Tutoring and Learning Association. He received the Dissertation of the Year Award at Fayetteville State in 2013.