AIHEC AIMS

AIHEC's landmark data collection initiative, American Indian Measures of Success (AIHEC AIMS), was launched in 2004 with generous funding from the Lumina Foundation for Education. The AIHEC AIMS initiative defines measures for TCU success that are relevant to the colleges and their communities.

The AIHEC AIMS data collection instrument, AIMS Key Indicator System (AKIS), was developed based on input from AIHEC, TCUs, accrediting organizations, American Indian College Fund, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and others. AKIS incorporates unique measures of success that are not included in traditional higher education reporting requirements.

AIHEC AIMS helps build capacity in data collection and accountability at TCUs and, in doing so, strengthens the ability of TCUs to measure success, build the foundation for systemic program change, and ultimately increase the participation and success of American Indian students in higher education.

AIHEC AIMS consists of two parts: quantitative and qualitative. The numbers support the stories, and the stories bring the numbers to life. Together, they help to paint the picture and tell the story of the Tribal College Movement.

AIMS report covers

  1. AIHEC AIMS Fact Book 2009–2010: Sharing Our Stories—Strengthening Our Nations Through Tribal Education
    AIHEC AIMS helps build capacity in data collection and accountability at TCUs and in doing so strengthens the ability of TCUs to measure success, build the foundation for systemic program change, and ultimately increase the participation and success of American Indian students in higher education. Within this report, AIHEC used data collected through AIHEC AIMS to highlight aspects of this unique sector of American higher education. Using data collected from academic year (AY) 2003–04 to AY 2009–10, this report describes historical trends and the current status of TCU enrollment, education costs and funding, and curricula. This year's report also highlighted challenges and successes at TCUs, discussed innovative academic and community-based programs, and shared the perspectives of alumni who continue to contribute to the vitality of TCUs.
  2. AIHEC AIMS Fact Book 2007: Tribal Colleges and Universities Report
    This third installment in the series of reports from the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, prepared by Systemic Research, Inc, highlights outstanding achievements by the colleges, students, and faculty. The report used the AIHEC AIMS data collection system. The overarching goals of the AIHEC AIMS initiative are to build capacity in data collection and accountability at TCUs, strengthen TCUs' ability to measure success, lay the foundation for systemic program change, and ultimately increase American Indian participation and success in higher education.
  3. AIHEC AIMS 2006 Report: Sustaining Tribal Colleges and Universities and the Tribal College Movement—Highlights and Profiles
    This is the second in a series of reports from the American Indian Higher Education Consortium prepared by Systemic Research, Inc. using the AIHEC AIMS data collection system. The AIHEC AIMS initiative is directly related to the first two of AIHEC's four primary goals—Sustainability and Performance Accountability. AIHEC AIMS also focused on the third goal, Student Engagement, as it measured American Indian students' participation and achievements at TCUs.
  4. AIHEC AIMS Fact Book 2005: Tribal Colleges and Universities Report
    This report from American Indian Higher Education Consortium prepared by Systemic Research, Inc. is the first in a series of reports using the new AIHEC AIMS data collection system. Over the past years, AIHEC developed culturally-relevant measures of American Indian success in higher education and used them at the nation's TCUs. The new system formed the foundation for systemic reform that significantly increased American Indian success in higher education. It provided a tool for TCUs and institutions of higher education generally to be accountable to their communities, their students, and families. The project produced a 215-page fact book covering all the TCUs as well as a customized book for each college. The books contain 10 sections with a total of 45 indicators. Because numbers alone cannot convey student success, the report includes vignettes of students and TCUs telling their stories.

For more information about AIHEC AIMS, please contact Katherine Page, AIHEC Research and Policy Associate.