National summit focuses on Native student postsecondary attainment

National summit focuses on Native student postsecondary attainment

WICHE’s second annual Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions National Summit, July 8-10 in Denver, attracted nearly 90 higher education leaders, practitioners, tribal community leaders, and representatives of education organizations and associations whose missions focus on the educational success of Native students. Participants discussed effective strategies to increase American Indian and Alaska Native students’ postsecondary attainment rates as well as issues unique to the 22 U.S. colleges and universities federally defined as Native-Serving Institutions (NSIs), based on their American Indian or Alaska Native student populations exceeding 10 percent. Lumina Foundation provided funding support for the summit in addition to its three-year grant to WICHE to help NSIs develop networks, gain information on key state and federal legislative and policy issues, and tailor culturally-relevant high impact practices to help their students succeed. Summit participants received a new WICHE publication that provides data baselines related to Native-student graduation, retention, and remediation rates at the NSIs.