ERIC Number: ED162785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-May-18
Reference Count: N/A
Tribally Controlled Community College Act. Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, 95th Congress, 2nd Session on H.R. 9158: To Provide for Grants to Tribally Controlled Community Colleges, and for Other Purposes (May 18, and June 14, 1978).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
In May and June of 1978 hearings were conducted on H.R. 9158, which provides for grants for the operation and improvement of tribally controlled community colleges. Appropriations would include $25,000,000 for each of the first two fiscal years and $30,000,000 for the third. The Navajo Community College would receive $60,000,000 over three years with an additional yearly operation and maintenance grant of $125,000. Testimony supporting the bill cited the tribally controlled colleges as "tangible examples of true Indian self-determination". At present only 10% of Indian college freshmen ever graduate. Weak academic backgrounds, culture shock, and inadequate supportive services at educational institutions are among the reasons for poor Indian academic performance. Indians earning degrees often are trained for jobs not relevant when they return to the reservation. Many of the brightest students take jobs elsewhere, and their talents are lost to the reservation. A Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) official opposed the act, saying that the BIA already has sufficient authority to provide financial and technical assistance to all tribally controlled community colleges. This document is comprised of the bill itself, testimony at the hearings, and other pertinent information. (DS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, College Students, Community Colleges, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Government Role, Postsecondary Education, Self Determination, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Student Problems, Tribes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.