Diné College pilots Summer Institute

Feb 25th, 2013 | By | Category: 24-3: The Science of Place, Tribal College News
NEW STUDENTS. Participants in Diné College's 2012 Summer Institute pose for a photo in front of the Ned Hatathli Cultural Center in Tsaile, AZ.

NEW STUDENTS. Participants in Diné College’s 2012 Summer Institute pose for a photo in front of the Ned Hatathli Cultural Center in Tsaile, AZ.

This summer, Diné College (DC, Tsaile, AZ) piloted a summer bridge program for freshmen. The Summer Institute was a Title III student services program. This residential program took place from July 29 – August 10, 2012, at Diné College’s main campus in Tsaile. The mission of the Summer Institute was to enhance student growth through college awareness and academic preparation and to assist with the transition to college life. The program was primarily funded by the Title III grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Summer Institute planning committee was a collaborative effort between student services, academics, and residence life. The committee also teamed up with the Center for Diné Studies and the Diné Policy Institute (DPI). DPI helped apply the college’s mission of Sá’ah Naagháí Bik’eh Hózhóón, which includes Nitsáhákees (Thinking), Nahatá (Planning), Iiná (Living), and Siih Hasin (Assuring), to the program. These principles helped guide the students’ portfolio and presentation projects.

The 43 students who successfully completed the program were put to the test through a rigorous daily schedule. The program targeted students who initially tested into developmental (remedial) course work of reading, writing, and math and provided three academic seminars focused on these subject areas. In addition, students participated in a series of workshops focused on building time management skills, financial literacy, and study skills. The students received daily mentorship and had access to faculty, tutors, and supplemental instructors throughout the program.

On average, student participants strongly agreed that they would recommend this program to other students. One student wrote, “…you have helped me grow and develop to be a strong student, leader, and human being.” Data has been compiled and is being utilized to guide next year’s planning.

For more information, contact Apryl Joe at apryljoe@dinecollege.edu.

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