AIHEC to Strengthen Core Functions

May 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 9-4: Pre- K-12 Education, Tribal College News

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Central Office has received a major grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation under Phase II of Kellogg’s Native American Higher Education Initiative. It provides the AIHEC Central Office (Alexandria, Va.) with $890,000 over three years. AIHEC is an organization of 31 tribally controlled colleges and universities, which was founded and is governed by the presidents of each institution.

This initiative will strengthen AIHEC’s capacity in four areas: advocacy and public information on behalf of tribal colleges; management and financial planning; technical assistance to the tribal colleges; and conducting institutional data collection and policy-related research. AIHEC’s Tribal College Journal received $80,000 over three years as part of the initiative.

Kellogg Foundation’s vision for this initiative mirrors the vision of the consortium developed by its leaders 25 years ago. “AIHEC has set a national standard in the exercise of Indian self-determination and tribal sovereignty, as demonstrated in the federal authorizing legislation for tribal colleges,” according to AIHEC Executive Director Veronica Gonzales. “After a 25 year struggle, AIHEC has developed a strong and stable organizational culture combining respect for the uniqueness of each tribal community, caution and thoroughness in embracing major changes, and a dogged commitment to the tribal college movement,” says Gonzales.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 to “help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.” It is located in Battle Creek, Mich.

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