Source: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
Authors: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
Recently, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) released a case study to share how Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTIs) have successfully developed and implemented practices to advance American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) students’ persistence and academic success on their campuses. This study examines practices at five institutions: two two-year colleges and three four-year universities located in North Carolina and Oklahoma.
The report offers the following recommendations for institutions to improve and advance the academic success of American Indian or Alaska Native students:
- Provide culturally responsive service and care for AI/AN students, rather than expecting students to adjust themselves.
- Enhance relationships with tribal nations. This relationship and tribal sovereignty are critical for the success of AI/AN students. Institutions should consistently involve tribal nations to co-develop academic programs, create co-curricular classes, and build institutional identity and goals.
- Institutions must prioritize AI/AN students’ success as their core value so that becomes embedded in their academics, administrations, leadership, and operations.
To read the full report, please click here.