The first annual Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions National Summit, July 26-27 in Denver, attracted nearly 100 higher education leaders to discuss, debate, and problem-solve issues unique to the 24 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—and to the tens of thousands of such students who attend these off-reservation institutions.
The Summit kicked off a new partnership between WICHE and Lumina Foundation. In December, Lumina granted WICHE $990,000 to build a consortium to help NSIs develop networks, speak with a strong and common voice on legislative and policy matters, and tailor strategies to help their students succeed. The event also saw release of a new WICHE survey that establishes data baselines related to Native-student graduation, retention, and remediation rates; sheds light on barriers to success; and identifies best practices for serving Native students. See photos from the event.