AIHEC, College Fund Create Database

Nov 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-3: Responsible Welfare Reform, Tribal College News

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the American Indian College Fund have launched a joint project to create a national database on tribal colleges. It will also enhance each college’s research capabilities. The three year initiative will collect data on tribal college enrollment, budgets, curricula, facilities, services, and student outcomes.

Such information has often been sought by lawmakers, policymakers, and funders. While there is considerable anecdotal evidence of tribal college graduates’ success, comprehensive data were not available on the 31 colleges in the consortium. Since agencies’ reporting forms differed, it was difficult to compare data.

The project will develop uniform reporting formats and train college personnel. It will help colleges comply with the reporting and the self-study requirements of regional accrediting agencies as well. Two grants will fund the initiative–one from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Native Americans and the other from Pew Charitable Trusts. AIHEC is the organization of tribal colleges, which is based in Alexandria, Va. The College Fund is the non-profit organization based in Denver, Colo., that raises funds for the colleges.

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