12-3 Spring 2001 “How to Build a Dream” Resource Guide

Feb 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 12-3: How to Build a Dream, Resource Guides
By Michele and Tom Allen

The following materials are intended to assist tribes or indigenous communities that wish to start post-secondary institutions. They are also intended to help existing tribal colleges to go to the next level of service and quality. The subject areas are community colleges, accreditation, technology, culture, financial management, boards, administration, and organizational change.


American Association of Community Colleges

This site has a wealth of pertinent information for starting or improving tribal colleges since they are all basically community colleges even if they grant bachelor’s or master’s degrees. The site has an extensive bookstore, initiatives, research, career line, and linkages.<www.aacc.nche.edu>

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

This site gives links to its 33 member colleges in the U.S. and Canada and to most of the higher education organization web sites in the U.S. The site includes a downloadable booklet titled Tribal Colleges: An Introduction which provides an overview of tribal colleges, their role in post-secondary education, and the students and communities they serve. <www.aihec.org>

Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The site focuses on collaborative leadership, faculty development, strengthening curricula and diversity. <www.aacu-edu.org>


This site is the consolidation of educom and CAUSE and deals with technology and colleges. <www.educause.edu>

ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges

Many books and articles on community colleges. <www.gseis.ucla.edu/ERIC/erictext.html>

National Association of College and University Business Officers

This site provides information on conferences, etc. as well as a number of very practical publications on college financial management, budgeting, etc. <www.nacubo.org>

National Center for Non-profit Boards

This site gives responses to questions, as well as books and a newsletter focusing on board issues. <www.ncnb.org>

Nonprofit GENIE: Sponsored by Compass Point Non-profit Services.

This site gives information on board development, financial management, strategic planning, technology planning, and fund raising. <www.genie.org>

North Central Association

The North Central Association accredits colleges and universities in 19 states. This site lists forms of affiliation, general institutional requirements, criteria for accreditation, etc. Some states included are AZ, NM, SD, ND, WY, CO, OK, WI, MN, MI, the Navajo Nation, and the Department of Defense. The site also has an extensive list of publications on college issues such as institutional improvement, values, self-study and assessment. <www.ncacihe.org>

Western Association of Colleges and Schools

The Western Association deals with accreditation in CA, HI, and islands in the Pacific. <www.wasc.org>


Allen, Tom. (1993). Manager as warrior: Winning the war and enjoying it. Mission: Sinte Gleska University Press. 71 pp.

This book gives administrators a practical guide to managing and leading and integrates Lakota values of wisdom, respect for others and the earth, timeliness, bravery, generosity, and fortitude with management theory. Available from Sinte Gleska University Bookstore 605/856-2368.

Hardy, James M. (1990). Developing dynamic boards: A proactive approach to building nonprofit boards of directors. Erwin: Essex Press. 194pp.

James Hardy has written a helpful, hands-on book that is full of exhibits, worksheets, evaluation tools, and examples. This practical work looks at all elements of board development with a good coverage of the human considerations.

Katz, Richard N. & Oblinger, D. (Eds.). (2000). The “E” is for everything: E-commerce, e-business, and e-learning in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. 118pp.

This book outlines major opportunities and challenges for colleges and universities as they evaluate their readiness to conduct business online, build technology infrastructure and expertise to support e-business, and address network access, security, and privacy policy challenges.  www.educause.edu or 303-449-4430.

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