ERIC Number: ED451818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Building Strong Communities: Tribal Colleges as Engaged Institutions.
Cunningham, Alisa Federico; Redmond, Christina
This policy report explores the expanding role of Tribal colleges and Universities in serving local communities and examines the challenges and successes in some specific areas of involvement. The report is the fourth in a series under the Tribal College Research and Database Initiative, which has collected data over the last 3 years regarding student demographics and background, curricula, institutional environments, and community services. Information comes from a variety of government and private sector sources. Five areas of Tribal College community engagement are highlighted in this report: (1) preschool, elementary, and secondary education; (2) health and nutrition activities; (3) faculty role models; (4) agriculture and natural resource management; and (5) cultural and language preservation and development. In each section, the challenges faced by American Indian communities are outlined, and the various ways that Tribal Colleges are helping to address these problems are described, with specific attention to the programs that stand out as evidence of success. The report concludes with a summary of how Tribal Colleges are engaged as community institutions and with specific recommendations for continued support for the colleges' efforts. (Contains 10 figures and 113 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Native Americans (DHHS/OHDS), Washington, DC.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Lincoln, NE.; Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: A product of the Tribal College Research and Database Initiative, a collaborative effort between the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the American Indian College Fund. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation also provided support.