AIHEC STEM INITIATIVE INTRODUCTION

Student Success Initiative

AIHEC’s Student Success Initiative supports Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in building their capacities to provide high quality culturally responsive postsecondary opportunities to ensure TCU student success. Our work focusses on many areas of institutional transformation including enhancing student services, strengthening institutional research and data literacy, developing instructors’ knowledge in effective teaching, and advancing knowledge about best practices in American Indian/Alaska Native education.

AIHEC’s Student Success Team comprises individuals with a range of expertise related to TCU student success. Working on multiple grant-funded projects, team members collaborate closely with TCU personnel, Native communities, and other partners to customize our work to align with TCU contexts and their identified needs.

  1. AIHEC AIMS 
    AIHEC’s landmark data collection initiative, American Indian Measures of Success (AIHEC AIMS), was launched in 2004 with generous funding from the Lumina Foundation for Education. AIHEC developed the data collection instrument, AIMS Key Indicator System (AKIS), with input from AIHEC, TCUs, accrediting organizations, American Indian College Fund, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and others.
  2. Institutional Transformation in TCUs
    AIHEC as a BMGF Intermediary for Scale: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports intermediary for Scale (IFS). The IFS strategy is a plan to help institutional transformation at scale to build organization capacity for scale intermediaries. AIHEC will support multiple TCUs to undergo an institutional change.
  3. Data, Evaluation and Research
    The Tribal Colleges and Universities of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium believe unique cultural connections exist between Indigenous peoples, their environments, and the world of those who came before.
  4. Partnerships

ATD – Achieving the Dream: DREAM Scholars Program – https://www.achievingthedream.org/awards-recognition/dream-scholars

WINHEC – World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium – https://winhec.org/

ACUE – Association of College and University Educators – https://acue.org/online-teaching-toolkit/

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