AIHEC and Key Partner Reports
The call for increased information about investments in higher education is growing, both locally and nationally. Tribal Colleges and Universities welcome that responsibility, as evidenced by our commitment to AIHEC’s landmark data collection initiative, American Indian Measures of Success (AIHEC AIMS), which was launched in 2004 with generous funding from the Lumina Foundation for Education. Scholarly reports, such as The Path of Many Journeysthe Benefits of Higher Education for Native People and Communities, funded by USA Funds and written by the Institute for Higher Education Policy, provide further evidence of the value of investing in Tribal Colleges and Universities. Through data collection and analysis, annual reports, and scholarly publications, we are telling our storyour successes, our challenges, and our goals. Our story is one of vision and continuous improvement. We are honored to share this story with you.
This reportthe first of its kindis designed to provide important context for Higher Learning Commission peer reviewers who may not be familiar with the unique characteristics of Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). The Higher Learning Commission is committed to promoting a solid understanding of the unique role of the TCUs and their contribution to higher education among its members, and particularly those who serve as peer reviewers. The report offers useful tips and guidance for reviewers new to TCUs and includes important historical and current data on the institutions.
The Breaking Through Initiative briefing paper examines the prospects for TCUs to enhance services to tribal people through implementation of the Breaking Through
model for accelerated learning and career preparation. The paper discusses some factors that impact the education of American Indian students, the role of the nation's TCUs, the cultural uniqueness of American Indian communities, and the Breaking Through
strategies within the context of challenges faced by TCUs.
The Breaking Through model focuses on adults with limited reading and math skills and provides them with the education and training needed to become successfully employed. Four Breaking Through strategies that have proven effective at 40 mainstream community colleges hold great promise for TCUs: Accelerated Learning, Comprehensive Support Services, Labor Market Payoffs, and Aligning Programs.
Prepared for American Indian Higher Education Consortium by Anne Marie Karlbery, this report is second in a series of monographs advancing Native knowledge in Tribal Colleges and Universities. Assessment is a powerful tool that can help tribal colleges better serve their communities and accomplish their missions. More specifically, assessment is a systematic process of gathering, interpreting, and using information regarding student performance and perceptions to improve student learning and advance a college’s mission. Although many tribal colleges struggle with their assessment programs and efforts, Indigenous educators increasingly recognize assessment as a priority for internal improvement as well as for accreditation purposes. Tribal colleges have substantial motivation to succeed in their assessment efforts, in large part because of their unique missions and focus on the self-determination of Native people.