Advancing Native Knowledge

Indigenous Evaluation in Our Communities

American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AIAN) are reclaiming the education of our people through tribally-controlled colleges and universities and pre-K-12 schools and by working with educators in public schools that serve our children.

Through curricula and programs designed to make learning more meaningful to tribal situations and cultures, Tribal Colleges and Universities and programs in K-12 schools serving Indian students are working to reverse the history of devastating educational practices that sought to remove us from our culture and that have failed to effectively teach our children.

AIHEC Indigenous Evaluation Framework

Indigenous Evaluation coverThe AIHEC Indigenous Evaluation Framework is committed to maintain, restore, and preserve American Indians' and Alaskan Natives' values, wisdom and traditional pedagogies and knowledge through curricula and programs designed to make learning more meaningful to tribal situations and cultures among Tribal College and K-12 educators. The approach described in the Framework

The Framework identifies four core cultural values that influence approaches to evaluation in Indigenous communities: Creating the Story; Building the Scaffolding; Planning, Implementing and Celebrating; and Engaging Community and Building Capacity. AIHEC Indigenous Evaluation Framework

Assessment Essentials for Tribal Colleges

Assessment Essentials coverPrepared for American Indian Higher Education Consortium by Anne Marie Karlbery, this report is second in a series of monographs advancing Native knowledge in Tribal Colleges and Universities. Assessment is a powerful tool that can help tribal colleges better serve their communities and accomplish their missions. More specifically, assessment is a systematic process of gathering, interpreting, and using information regarding student performance and perceptions to improve student learning and advance a college’s mission. Although many tribal colleges struggle with their assessment programs and efforts, Indigenous educators increasingly recognize assessment as a priority for internal improvement as well as for accreditation purposes. Tribal colleges have substantial motivation to succeed in their assessment efforts, in large part because of their unique missions and focus on the self-determination of Native people. REPORT

TCUs as Engaged Institutions

This policy report explores the expanding role of tribal colleges and universities in serving local communities and examines the challenges and successes in some specific areas of involvement. REPORT