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Transcript of Dine College
Mission and Vision Statement
Student Affairs & Culture
Diné College Challenges
Two World Views in One Institution
Many college leaders struggle to develop a Navajo philosophy of education model so young Navajos would be better grounded in both Western and Navajo values, and Navajo educational principles would be integrated into Western-based curriculum
To be accredited by the state, certain criteria have to be followed, i.e. an exam or written paper is given for “proof” that it is “class” which is a Western way of structuring a class
Unemployment and poverty are extremely high on reservations. AIHEC reports that Tribal College students are some of the poorest students in the United States.
Without tuition financial aid, discounts, and waivers given to American Indian or Alaska Native students, attending TCUs would not be possible.
Student Affairs and Culture (cont.)
"My grandchild, education is the ladder. Tell our people to take it."
Student Affairs Preparation
Awareness of the importance of culture
Awareness of tribal history
Understanding of Native American struggles
Understanding of language and culture
Rooted in Diné language and culture, our mission is to advance quality post-secondary student learning and development to ensure the well-being of the Diné people.
Our vision is to improve continuously our programs and services to make Diné College the exemplary higher education institution for the Diné People.
Established in 1968 - oldest and largest tribally controlled community college
Gained responsibility to serve residents of 26,000 square mile nation (Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah)
1976 - NCA accredidation as a two year college
Offered Baccalaureate degrees in 1998 under Diné
- serves minority groups in US
-controlled and operated by American Indian tribes
-First tribal college university 1968 - Navajo Nation (Diné College)
-Tribal colleges considered land grant colleges in 1998 (Diné College)
-There are 33 current tribal colleges, however, although there are eight Native American tribes in Utah, there are zero tribal colleges.
-American Indian Higher Education Consortium
"The Navajo nation is our campus"
Developed by Navajo cultural specialists
Serves predominantly Navajo individuals, but maintains "open-door" ideology to other groups
Represents essence of Navajo traditions and outlook on life
Student Affairs and Culture (cont.)
Base education, research projects, and priority setting based on this framework:
1) Thinking, planning, living and assuring
2) Studying Dine language, history, and culture
3) Preparing for further students and employment in a multicultural and technological world
4) Fostering social responsibility, community service, and scholarly research that contribute to the social, economic, and cultural well being of the Navajo Nation
Unique Student Services:
Eligibility of Activities
Hirt, J. B. (2009). The importance of institutional mission. In G. S. McClellan, J. Stringer, & Associates, The handbook of student affairs administration (3rd ed., pp. 19–40). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
Marjane Ambler, "While globalizing their movement, tribal colleges import ideas" <http://www.tribalcollegejournal.org/themag/backissues/summer2005/sum05ambler.htm>, Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, Vol. 16 No.4 , Summer 2005, accessed 7 July 2011
Student Services: General Information. (2014, January 1). Retrieved October 23, 2014.
Educational Philosophy. (2014, January 1). Retrieved October 23, 2014, from http://www.dinecollege.edu/about/philosophy.phf http://www.dinecollege.edu/services/student-services.php