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ERIC Number: EJ1260580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Strengthening Native Communities through Higher Education
Neutuch, Eric
Journal of College Admission, n241 p30-33 Fall 2018
In the 1960s, the Native American "self-determination" movement crusaded for increased Native sovereignty. The first tribally controlled college, Navajo Community College (later renamed Diné College), was founded in 1968 by the Navajo Nation in rural northeast Arizona, with a mission to sustain traditional Diné culture and to provide higher education offerings inside the Navajo Nation reservation. Prior to the opening of Navajo Community College, the 26,000 square mile Navajo Nation had zero higher education institutions. Since 1968, the number of Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) has grown to 38 institutions in 16 states that enroll nearly 23,000 degree-seeking students and provide community-based services to an additional 107,000 individuals. All TCUs offer associate degree programs, and 15 now offer bachelor's degrees, with five offering master's degrees. Though TCUs educate only a fraction of Native students nationwide, they are, for Native tribes, a key institutional force in Native nation-building and cultural preservation. Curriculum and programs are focused on maintaining and supporting tribal communities economically, socially, and culturally. To supplement federal funding and tuition revenue, TCUs have leveraged philanthropic dollars. The donor-funded American Indian College Fund provides millions in scholarships to needy TCU and non-TCU students. In addition to administering scholarships, the College Fund also sponsors supplemental advising services in collaboration with several TCUs via its Native Pathways to College Program. Services in the Native Pathways program include college readiness outreach to high schoolers, freshman year bridge programs, and transfer advising.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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