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TCU Intellectual Capital

TCU Intellectual Capital

In February 2007 the American Indian College Fund announced a historic grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The five-year, $17.5 million grant initiative, named Woksape Oyate, Lakota for “Wisdom of the People,” built the intellectual capital of TCUs. The initiative allowed them to tailor programs to address their individual needs while strengthening the entire tribal college system.

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Student Impact 

The Tribal Colleges and Universities #RealCollege Survey

The Tribal Colleges and Universities #RealCollege Survey

Native American students studying at tribal colleges and universities located in remote, rural, reservation communities experienced food and housing insecurity and homelessness at much greater rates than other college students, according to the Tribal Colleges and Universities #RealCollege Survey report.

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Publications

Structure and Characteristics for Successful Outcomes: A Review of Community College Internships Programs

The dynamic and emerging job market present a challenge to education and preparation of traditional degree-seeking students as education rarely keep steps with skills required by employers. Internships, or work-based learning, are a way to facilitate the transition from classroom learning to practical application and skill development.

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Literature Review

Return on Investment

This literature review is divided into four sections. The first provides a summary of the literature addressing the conventional ways in which individuals and institutions look at ROI. The second summarizes the small field of research that has expressly looked at what ROI means in the cultural contexts of TCUs.

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Institutional Impact

Structure and Characteristics for Successful Outcomes: A Review of Community College Internships Programs

The dynamic and emerging job market present a challenge to education and preparation of traditional degree-seeking students as education rarely keep steps with skills required by employers. Internships, or work-based learning, are a way to facilitate the transition from classroom learning to practical application and skill development.

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Cangleska Wakan: The ecology of the sacred circle and the role of tribal colleges and universities

This article focuses on tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in the United States – in particular, on their dedication to land use and preservation, sustainability and tribal ecological knowledge within their missions of cultural preservation, academic and career development, and community engagement. TCUs are post-secondary institutions chartered by their respective tribal governments to serve as the higher education institutions of the Tribe.

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Colonized and racist campus tour

This article explores the macro-structural aspects of college campuses and environments to understand how higher education institutions have created, maintained, and justified hostile campus climates against Indigenous students. It uncovers the embedded racist and genocidal values that are often cherished through dominant campus tours.

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Postsecondary research and recommendations for federal datasets with American Indians and Alaska Natives: Challenges and future directions

This article discusses methodological strengths and limitations of federally managed postsecondary data with American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) college student populations. To support understanding, we define fundamental research and measurement validity concepts associated with credible quantitative research.

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Historical Documents

Capital Campaign Impact

Capital Campaign Impact

The impact of the American Indian College Fund’s Campaign Sii Ha Sin has been immediate and profound. Named for the Navajo concept of hope, the campaign helped establish the TCUs as a positive and central force in American Indian higher education, the communities served by the TCUs, and in all of America.

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Faculty Impact

The Sharing of Indigenous Knowledge Through Academic Means by Implementing Self-reflection and Story

Indigenous research scholars navigate a complex landscape that is impacted by their relationships, as well as the roles and responsibilities that come with both their Indigenous and professional positionality. This article contemplates the passing of Indigenous knowledge through academic means by implementing self-reflection and story.

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Dissertation – Using photovoice and photo-elicitation to understand successes and barriers related to Tribal College students’ education

The fact that American Indian college students pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities have lower retention and completion rates than their peers is well documented. Additionally, the use of mentoring as a means of social support for AI students have been increasingly recognized as an important factor in a successful educational experience.

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Dissertation – The effect of a life skills curriculum on the problem-solving abilities of Tribal College students

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a life skills curriculum on the problem-solving abilities of tribal college students enrolled in the ORIE 1011: Freshmen Orientation Course at the College of the Muscogee Nation (CMN). A quantitative, causal-comparative research design was employed to investigate the hypotheses.

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Fact Sheets

Dissertations

Dissertation – Using photovoice and photo-elicitation to understand successes and barriers related to Tribal College students’ education

The fact that American Indian college students pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities have lower retention and completion rates than their peers is well documented. Additionally, the use of mentoring as a means of social support for AI students have been increasingly recognized as an important factor in a successful educational experience.

read more

Dissertation – The effect of a life skills curriculum on the problem-solving abilities of Tribal College students

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a life skills curriculum on the problem-solving abilities of tribal college students enrolled in the ORIE 1011: Freshmen Orientation Course at the College of the Muscogee Nation (CMN). A quantitative, causal-comparative research design was employed to investigate the hypotheses.

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Community Impact

Annotated Bibliographies

Mellon Tribal College Research Journals

In 2013 and 2015, respectively, the College Fund published two volumes of research by current and former Tribal College and University (TCU) faculty recipients of Mellon Foundation fellowships through the College Fund.

Volume 1, 2013

Mellon Tribal College Research Journal V1, 2013

Volume 2, 2015

Mellom Tribal College Research Journal V 2

Tribal College and University Research Journals

The College Fund initiated the new Tribal College and University Research Journal in 2016 to provide current TCU faculty conducting research with an avenue to publish research. The journal publishes articles in a variety of fields including science, program development, and student success, among others.

Volume 5,
Winter 2021

Volume 4,
October 2019

Volume 3,
October 2018

Volume 2,
October 2018

Volume 1, Issue 2,
June 2017

Volume 1, Issue 1,
October 2016

Research – What We Do

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