Haskell Initiates Free ExchangeNov 15th, 1996 | By tcj | Category: 8-3: Ceremony, Tribal College News
Through an unusual exchange program, students at Haskell Indian Nations University and students at the University of Kansas can take one another’s courses tuition-free. Both universities are located in Lawrence, Kansas.
During the first year of the program, more university students chose to take courses at Haskell than vice versa. The university students are most interested in Haskell’s Native Studies classes, such as Indian law, history of Native American tribes, and Native language classes, according to Haskell Dean of Instruction Dr. Deborah Wetsit. The Haskell students tend to take advanced math, science, and foreign language classes at the university.
“It expands the curriculum at both institutions, and it gives our students the opportunity to test the waters at a mainstream institution,” Wetsit says. There are 26,000 students at KU and 800 students at Haskell. Only full-time students in good academic standing can participate, and the two institutions limit the number of credits to assure an equitable trade. Any Haskell students who transfer to KU get in-state tuition.