Student Success Partnerships
During the rapid transition to online instruction in response to the pandemic in spring 2020, a survey of the AIHEC Board members indicated that training for faculty in online instruction was a high priority. In summer 2021, AIHEC partnered with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to coordinate and deliver an online professional development courses in effective digital teaching, enrolling 330 TCU faculty members. Grouped in thirty-member cohorts facilitated by TCU faculty member experts, enrollees engaged in Communities of Practice, working together to build their skills and knowledge in online instruction. With funding from the American Indian College Fund, AIHEC’s professional development work expanded to include additional courses in spring 2021, serving 127 TCU faculty members. Faculty members earn a micro-credential for each course they successfully complete; the completion of four courses results in faculty members earning a full credential as an online instructor.
ATD – Achieving the Dream: DREAM Scholars Program
Description: Achieving the Dream welcomes nominations of student leaders from TCU ATD network colleges who want to make a difference on their campuses and in their communities for the DREAM Scholars program. The program lasts a year and is designed to enhance key leadership, critical thinking, and networking skills. DREAM Scholars also attend ATD’s annual conference. Achieving the Dream covers virtually all costs. Two of the eight students selected as DREAM Scholars in 2018 and 2019 came from tribal colleges. In 2020 and 2021, one of the eight students selected as a DREAM Scholar came from a tribal colleges.
WINHEC – World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium
World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC), a non-profit international Indigenous organization based in New Zealand, provides an international forum and support for Indigenous Peoples to pursue common goals through higher education. AIHEC was a founder of WINHEC as a direct result of their involvement in the 1999 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE), an international Indigenous education conference held every three years. Through funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, AIHEC provides support to pursue common goals through higher education by providing U.S.-based involvement in advancing the goals of WINHEC.
ACUE – Association of College and University Educators
ACUE’s mission is to ensure student success through quality instruction. ACUE believes that every faculty member deserves the support and preparation needed to teach well, so that every student receives an extraordinary education. In partnership with institutions of higher education, ACUE prepares, credentials, and provides on-going support to faculty in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that promote student engagement, persistence to graduation, career readiness, and deeper levels of learning. Faculty who satisfy the requirements of ACUE’s courses through institutional partnerships or open enrollment courses earn certificates in effective college instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education.