Partnering with tribal communities to improve
college attendance rates of American Indian students
American Indian students have some of the lowest college matriculation rates and highest high school dropout rates in the country.
At CSUSM, we have made reversing these numbers a priority and the Tribal Initiative is making progress. As a result, CSUSM has exponentially increased recruitment and retention of students from this traditionally underserved student population.
In 2007, CSUSM and the Santa Ysabel Indian tribe partnered together to increase the number of young American Indians attending college.
The program has been making an impact on the region for over ten years.
The President’s Native Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from most neighboring tribes and tribal education leaders.
This first-in-the-CSU advisory council advises the CSUSM President on University relations with the regional Native American communities and articulates the educational needs of local tribal nations to the University.