7 Most Recent Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions

This week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights the 7 most recent Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions that have been awarded grant funding. Check out what each institution is doing on their campus to support their Native American students:

1) Northland Pioneer College


Located in the heart of northeastern Arizona, Navajo County Community College District also known as Northland Pioneer College serves all of Navajo and Apache counties. Their Technology to Advance Learning Outcomes at Northland (TALON) program partners with ten high schools and comprises a robust network of audio-visual (AV) linked in the classrooms. Services include high school dual enrollment and College and Career Prep for over 550 students.

2) University of Minnesota, Morris


University of Minnesota, Morris is the only public liberal arts college in the state of Minnesota. Their student population consist of Native Americans, low-income, first-generation, and rural students as well as students from other diverse ethnic minority populations. With their new grant, the university aims to increase the educational attainment of Native American students and eliminate college achievement gaps.

3) Montana State University–Northern


Montana State University-Northern serves four of the state’s seven Native American reservations. The Little River Learning Alliance program will improve low on-time completion rates among Native American students.

4) Carl Albert State College


With their new grant, Cal Albert State College plans to improve the Native American retention and graduation rates as well as student support services by increasing their technology.

5) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College


In fall of 2014, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College served 2,217 students by offering 46 transfer and occupational programs. Their current focus is to increase online classes, expand support services, and promote Native American culture and language preservation.

6) Redlands Community College


Redlands Community College’s goal is to increase the participation, academic success, and graduation of Native American and low-income students in Pre-Professional Sciences. Students will participate in symposia that will enrich their knowledge of cultural connections to science as well as the importance of language revitalization and preservation. Faculty development opportunities will focus on culturally appropriate teaching strategies for underprepared students and improving delivery methods for teaching and learning in sciences.

7) Utah State University–Blanding


7. Utah State University-Blanding serves the Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute Indian, and Hopi Nations. Of the private institutions of higher education in Utah, they hold the largest enrollment of Native Americans: a staggering 72 percent of the student population is Native American.

State Spotlight: Washington’s 8 AANAPISIs

by Marietess Masulit

Washington State is the 13th most populous state in the nation, containing over 7 million residents. Behind Whites and Hispanics, Asians rank as the third most prominent racial group in the state. This week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up is a #statespotlight on the eight Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) in Washington.

1) Bellevue College


Founded in January 1966, Bellevue College is the third largest institution of higher education within the state. It is a public open access four-year institution which primarily grants associate degrees. Students who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander make up the largest portion of students of color on campus at 21.4%.

2) Edmonds Community College


Edmonds Community College was founded in 1967 and has a mission of providing students access to educational and career opportunities. The campus is a public two-year institution that offers 64 associate degrees and 62 professional certificates.

3) Highline Community College


Highline Community College is located in Des Moines, Washington and was founded in 1961. Students who identify as Asian make up 20% of the student demographic, making them the second largest population on campus. Highline is committed to several values, including access, community, diversity, and collaboration.

4) Seattle Community College – North Campus

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North Seattle College serves about 14,000 students each year with a mission of being “committed to changing lives through education.” The campus values collaboration, diversity, and innovation.

5) Renton Technical College


Asian and Pacific Islander students make up the second largest student population on campus, accounting for 19% of Renton’s student demographics. Renton offers its students training, re-training, and career paths to gain marketable skills in the workforce. Their goal is to provide job training that is affordable and can be completed in the shortest amounts of time.

6) Seattle Community College – South Campus


South Seattle College is located in the hilltops of West Seattle and offers over 100 degrees and certificates. South was awarded one of the first AANAPISIs grants in October 2008 to improve the retention and graduation rates of its Asian American and Pacific Islander students. The campus now has an AANAPISI Center.

7) Seattle Community College – Central Campus


Seattle Central College serves over 16,000 students annually, offering two bachelor’s degrees, 32 associate degrees, and 45 professional certificates. Asian Pacific Islander students account for 21% of the campus’s student demographics.

8) Shoreline Community College


Founded in 1964, Shoreline Community College offers over a hundred academic and workforce training programs and is committed to the success of their students. Asian and Pacific Islander students make up 12% of the student population, making them the second largest student demographic on campus.

10 Low-Cost HSIs that Produce Students with High Wages

by DeShaun Bennett

One of the benefits of attending college is the economic return on students’ financial investment. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features 10 HSIs with annual tuition under $10,000* that produce students who have the highest median post earnings 10 years after entering college, according to data from the College Scorecard.

*Note: Cost for public institutions only reflect in-state tuition. The total cost reflects net price after aid from the school, state, or federal government.

1) California State University – Bakersfield

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  • Location: Bakersfield, CA
  • Post Earnings: $48,100
  • Cost: $8,634/year

2) Texas A&M International University


  • Location: Laredo, TX
  • Post Earnings: $45,200
  • Cost: $5,282/year

3) California State University- Stanislaus


  • Location: Turlock, CA
  • Post Earnings: $44,900
  • Cost: $7,797/year

4) CUNY City College


  • Location: New York, NY
  • Post Earnings: $44,500
  • Cost: $5,150/year

5) CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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  • Location: New York, NY
  • Post Earning: $43,700
  • Cost: $5,141/year

6) California State University – Fresno

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  • Location: Fresno, CA
  • Post Earnings: $43,200
  • Cost: $7,093/year

7) California State University – Dominguez Hills

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  • Location: Carson, CA
  • Post Earnings: $42,800
  • Price: $3,698/year

8) CUNY Lehman College


  • Location: Bronx, NY
  • Post Earnings: $41,500
  • Cost: $4,299/year

9) University of Texas – Pan American


  • Location: Edinburg, TX
  • Post Earnings: $40,500
  • Cost $2,452/year

10) University of Texas – El Paso


  • Location: El Paso, TX
  • Post Earnings: $39,800
  • Cost: $7,586/year

8 HBCUs that Award the Most Science & Engineering Degrees

by DeShaun Bennett

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) continue to be leading institutions in producing Black students with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degrees, aiding the number of minorities in STEM related fields. Below are the 8 HBCUs to confer the most Science and Engineering (S&E) degrees from 2008-2012 according to the 2015 report by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

1) Howard University—1,946


Howard University has many STEM related programs. One signature program is the multidisciplinary Howard University Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (HUSEM). HUSEM is a collaboration of nine departments in the Colleges of Architecture, Science, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences. HUSEM goal is to promote academic achievement as well as increase the number of underrepresented minorities who receive baccalaureate and graduate degrees in STEM disciplines. HUSEM has developed many initiatives to improve the quality of undergraduate STEM education at Howard University such as:

  • Funded Undergraduate Research Experiences (URE)
  • Weekly and group tutoring sessions
  • Personal, professional and academic mentoring
  • Distinguished Scholars Fellowship program
  • Early intervention for students who are prone to drop out of STEM classes
Note: HUSEM information was gathered from the HUSEM website.

2) North Carolina A & T State University—1,874 


Since 2012, NCAT has been the home of the second Guilford County early college, also known as the STEM Early College. STEM Early College at A&T is designed to serve highly motivated, high-performing students who have an interest in STEM. The STEM Early College at A&T mission is to “provide an interdisciplinary approach using critical thinking to solve real world issues in a STEM problem-based, learning environment.” STEM Early College uses problem-based methods to help students develop critical thinking skills. Freshman and sophomore year students are required to participate in a Capstone research project where students engage in the process of sustainability by developing and testing different ideas and solutions to problems facing engineers in today’s world.

Note: Information about the STEM Early College was collected from their website.

3) Florida A & M University—1,676


In 2013, Florida A&M University (FAMU) teamed up with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) to create the FAMU/FAU Medical Scholars Program (MSP), a medical school pipeline program for pre-med FAMU undergraduate students. The program equips students with the necessary tools and knowledge to enter medical school by teaching them problem solving skills as well as introducing them to problem-based learning (PBL) in order to stimulate independent learning. FAMU students who are accepted to the program gain probationary admissions into FAU’s college of medicine as long as they complete MSP and satisfy a few other requirements.

4) Spelman College—1,503  

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According to the 2015 report produced by NSF, only 11.2% of bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering were awarded to minority women in 2012. Spelman has created programs like SpelBots, Spelman College’s robotics team, to encourage more women to explore STEM. Founded in 2004 by Dr. Andrew Williams, SpelBots’ mission is to encourage students and young women of African descent to explore robotics and computer science. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Boeing, and General Motors, SpelBots has made history on numerous occasions. In 2005, SpelBots was the first all-female, all African-American undergraduate team to qualify and compete in the International RoboCup four-legged robot soccer competition. In 2009, SpelBots tied for first place in the RoboCup Japan Standard Platform League Nao League humanoid soccer championship.

Note: More information about SpelBots can be on the SpelBots webpage.

5) Hampton University—1,377

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For 31 years, Hampton University has been providing summer school for experimental and theoretical nuclear and particle physics graduate students, who have finished their coursework and have at least one year of research experience, through a program named Hampton University Graduate Summer Program (HUGS). HUGS is supported by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and Jefferson Science Associates (JSA).

6) Southern University and A&M College—1,273


Southern University and A&M College is 1 of 12 Louisiana institutions of higher education that make up the Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP) along with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), a research facility. LS-LAMP is a statewide coordinated program that aims to increase the number and quality of minority students receiving degrees in STEM and ultimately pursuing graduate studies in STEM disciplines. LS-LAMP also offers the Bridge to the Doctorate (LS-LAMP/BD) fellowship program, which offers twelve fellowships at $30,000/yr for two years, participation in professional conferences, individualized faculty mentoring, research and professional opportunities, academic enrichment and support, and payment of tuition and fees.

7) Morgan State University—1,256

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Morgan State University is the host site of the Verizon Foundation program Minority Male Makers, a program that provides middle school minority boys with two summers of hands-on learning experiences in STEM as well as mentors that work along side them. The student participants at the Morgan site receive four weeks of summer classes, which are taught by Morgan professors, plus additional classes and mentoring from undergraduate and graduate level minority students during the school year. According to the Baltimore Sun, the program at Morgan focuses on things like app design and development, coding and programing, 3D design and modeling, and robotics

8) Alabama A & M University—1,226


Alabama A&M University supports graduate students in STEM disciplines through its STEM Knowledge Center in the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS). The STEM Knowledge Center is a home for student learning, outreach, and development of STEM students. Students receive academic advising, tutoring, access to academic databases and resources, financial aid assistance, professional development, career planning assistance, and internships/Co-Ops. The STEM Knowledge Center also sponsors a High School STEM Experience (HSSE) and a Pre-Freshman Bridge Program (PFB), programs used to recruiting minority students into STEM fields.

Note: More information about the STEM Knowledge Center can be found on their website.