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ERIC Number: ED505567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 67
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Tribal Colleges and Universities: Education as the Engine for Economic Development in Indian Country. A Report to the President. 2004-05 Annual Performance Report on the Results of Federal Agency Actions to Assist Tribal Colleges and Universities and Recommendations to Strengthen Implementation of Executive Order 13270
US Department of Education
Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) are unique institutions of postsecondary education. They serve specific Native American communities that have unique social and cultural ways of relating to each other, while they also provide valuable links to the mainstream society. In arguably the richest nation in the world, many Native Americans remain mired in economic hardship. This report focuses on movements by TCUs to meet the economic needs of tribal communities. TCUs and their federal partners are working to develop tribal economies through student success and human capital development, direct contributions, Native entrepreneurial education, economic planning, job readiness, and health and wellness initiatives. The report found that TCUs are important economic drivers within their local communities, serving as teaching institutions, and as multifaceted community-based organizations that provide comprehensive community and economic development services. Supporting the economic development activities of TCUs, therefore, is assessed to be a good investment of federal dollars. Six recommendations are offered for strengthening the implementation of Executive Order 13270, which mandates this annual report: (1) Enhance student success through remediation programs, K-16 bridging, and student tutoring services; (2) Expand public-private TCU partnerships in support of economic development; (3) Develop economic measures that track the impact of TCUs within their local economies and that will attract private investment to Indian Country; (4) Improve financial security of TCUs by providing consistent federal funding and technical assistance to ensure strong institutional viability; (5) Provide more accurate and timely data by improving agency reporting processes; and (6) Strengthen research, supported by corporate America, that examines the capacity, needs, and priorities of TCUs. Five Appendixes are included: (1) Definition of Terms, Categories, and Acronyms; (2) Data Tables; (3) President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities; (4) List of Tribal Colleges and Universities; and (5) Executive Order Tribal Colleges and Universities 13270. (Contains 80 endnotes, 2 figures and 18 tables.
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education (ED)