ATD Tribal College and University Programs

In 2017, 33 tribal colleges and universities (TCUs)  became part of the Achieving the Dream Network. Like other colleges in the ATD Network, they are building their data capacity and implementing evidence-based reforms. In addition to providing quality education, TCUs have the unique mission of nation building. Two organizations, The American Indian Higher Education Consortium  and the American Indian College Fund support Native American student success and communities of learning and are key partners in our work.


Tribal Colleges and Universities, located on or near Native American reservations, serve a population that is one of the most underrepresented in higher education today: Native American students from rural areas. Only 14 percent of Native Americans hold a bachelor’s degree. Tribal Colleges are uniquely qualified to change this.


In addition to data and leadership coaching services, ATD manages a community of practice for TCUs so they can share their learning and experiences in transformational change.  During the fall 2019, a subset of TCUs will participate in a Serving Native American Students with Holistic Student Supports Project.


Contact Cindy Lopez, ATD Director of Tribal College and University Programs, if you would like more information about our work with the TCUs.



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