ERIC Number: ED317370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Montana Tribal College Development Program (MTCDP).
Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Office of Tribal Service.
This report describes the Montana Tribal College Development Program (MTCDP), a project designed to meet the educational and economic needs of the state's American Indian tribal communities. The document also includes a detailed evaluation of the program based on research results. The MTCDP was designed to improve services of seven American Indian community colleges, mainly by strengthening qualifications of the college staff. Another feature was to design and conduct tribal-college institutional research for use by institutional management. The last function was to create a vehicle for technical assistance, inservice training, and other staff development activities for the tribal colleges. The MTCDP developed, provided, and institutionalized a graduate degree program in Adult and Higher Education at Montana State University, which continues to support the project. Ensuing transportation, curriculum, and inservice training problems were confronted. Research, technical assistance, and inservice activities were offered under the program. By the end of the initial funding period, 10 faculty members in tribal colleges had received their masters degrees and 10 others were working toward their doctorates. Institutional research centered around Indian learning styles, tribal college follow-up, and assessment of student outcomes. The program evaluation suggests that the MTCDP's stated goals had largely been met. The evaluation recommends continuation of the MTCDP. The document concludes that the MTCDP was a timely project for both the tribal colleges, which needed program assistance, and the university, which had been seeking linkages with the colleges in keeping with philosophy, the spirit of that guides land-grant institutions of higher education. The advisory board survey and the student interview survey are appended. (TES)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Community Colleges, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Inservice Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Land Grant Universities, Management Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Staff Development, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Office of Tribal Service.