The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has graciously donated nearly half a million dollars to the CICSC. Most recently, the grant has funded the writing of the first-ever American Indian Education Report in California. The report on the State of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Education in California is a three-part series publication made possible by financial support from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is an invaluable tribal partner and has made an "investment change" in public policy reporting about the educational attainments, roadblocks, gaps, and achievements of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the State. Without their progressive investment this work would not be possible.
The 2016 report is the third and final publication supported by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. This report provides a case study for the creation of a 21st century model to recruit, retain, serve, and graduate American Indian students from a public university. In addition, the 2016 report updates all the import K-16 data we reported on in previous publications. We also "mapped" for the first time the K-12 data about high school graduation rates, dropout rates, and student completion of A-G requirements for college entry. This feature is interactive when you click on the link in the report. Our goal is to provide our tribal educators, parents, and leaders with tools to develop their capacity to build educational infrastructure needed in their communities; and to have at their fingertips the facts to justify greater investment in AIAN education for their youth.
The findings from the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center’s 2012 report confirmed the need for greater efforts to prepare, to recruit, to retain, and to graduate Native youth from institutions of higher education. In particular, the realization that AI/AN enrollment rates are declining across the CSUs was alarming. These results provided the basis to delve deeper into the program, outreach, and support of postsecondary institutions in the 2014 report to determine where enrollment and transfer numbers are decreasing or increasing; to determine what the best practices at state colleges and universities to attract, retain, and graduate AI/ANs are; and correspondingly to determine where we, as educators of AI/AN students in the state of California, need to improve.
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Authored by the CICSC, this annual report compiles publicly available data to provide much-needed information about American Indians and Alaska Native (AIAN) people in the K–12, community college, California State University and University of California systems. The data includes enrollment, graduation rates, dropout rates, degrees conferred and personnel by race/ethnicity. We envision this report will provide useful knowledge for creating future policy, boosting productivity in discussing AI/AN educational needs, and making resources a priority to AIAN students in California.