TCJ continues growth in print, online

Nov 6th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-2: The Future of the Tribal College Movement
By Rachael Marchbanks

As we wrap up our last issue of the year, we reflect on the accomplishments and lessons of 2012 while refining our plans for 2013. It has been a year of challenges and innovation for the Tribal College Journal (TCJ).

While we’ve made technological advances, we have also remained true to our print tradition. This year we digitized 23 years of back issues of TCJ and 16 years of TCJ Student, uploaded them, and tagged each article to make our content search-friendly for subscribers. We created a digital edition—an exact replica of the print edition—which can be downloaded or read online. Our online job board is growing and advertisers are now reaching out to readers with online banner ads as well as through our traditional print publication.

Meanwhile, we are still producing our quarterly print magazine, which long-time readers tell us is often their preferred way of keeping up with higher education leaders.

In 2012, our staff members, consultants, and writers travelled throughout the United States, covering issues important to tribal colleges and connecting with our colleagues in education and publishing. Our travels included visits to North and South Dakota, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Washington D.C., and Alaska. We met with tribal and education leaders, congressional leaders, and with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. At home, we had a close encounter with a wildfire, which prompted us to count our blessings and review our safety and backup procedures.

Looking ahead to 2013, we’re excited about the work still to be done. We will continue to streamline our website and add more timely content, especially for students. We will continue to reach out to the tribal colleges, leaders in education, and you, the reader. With some exciting issues in the queue, including one which focuses on “the science of place” and another on language restoration, we hope to keep you abreast of important issues in American Indian education.

As highlighted in this issue, 2013 is the 40th anniversary of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). Forty years is quite a legacy and much has been accomplished in this time. We hope to continue to help AIHEC celebrate their achievements throughout 2013. Please help us by sharing your photos and memories of AIHEC, the tribal colleges and universities, and individuals who have played important roles. You can email them to me at or call (970) 533-9170.

Thank you for your support—and we wish you a successful 2013!

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