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ERIC Number: ED225763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Native American Dean: Two Shirts in Conflict.
Clever, George
Native American deans are at war with themselves daily trying to represent the Native American community, the university, and themselves. Native American deans counsel all students, monitor the students' academic performance, bring programs to the Culture Center, manage a discretionary budget for Native American programs, and do administrative duties (e.g., committees, teach an occasional class, research student achievement, and other office management). Native American deans become victims of gossip, character assassination, and short job tenure. Students need advocates of their concerns before university decision-makers. The relatively short time students spend on campus presents a severe restriction on petition for change. Yet, the Native American administrator has the dual responsibility of protecting university interests. Divide and conquer is applied regularly to minority staff over policy conflicts. Native American issues which are obvious and hidden include a European curriculum that discriminates by omission; a student split on the need for an American studies program; and a highly selective admission and non-existent minority influence in the process. Hidden agendas for Native American students include loneliness and not knowing who, among the student body, is really Indian. What students experience at the university, Native American deans have also experienced. (NQA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A