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CASC NASNTI Serves as Panelist for the Oklahoma Native American Attainment Convening that Focused on Higher Education Best Practices for Serving Native Students Featured

Written by  Thursday, 07 March 2019 20:30
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On February 27, the Carl Albert State College Native American Serving Tribal Institutions (NASNTI) Program traveled to Rose State College in Midwest City to serve as a panelist and discuss tribal resources, priorities, and strategies related to educational attainment.


The convening, sponsored by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Oklahoma Works, and Reach Higher, the State Regents’ adult degree completion initiative, was held to allow recipients of the NASNTI grant and Oklahoma’s non-NASNTI designated institutions to share best practices with colleagues from across the state.


The CASC NASNTI department shared its best practices that have led to a significant increase in retention and completion rates among the students it serves. The CASC NASNTI retention rate has grown by 14.5% above the grant’s baseline of 42.5%. The completion rate has also increased above the grant baseline from 9.4% to 18%.


Micky Solomon, CASC NASNTI Program Director, stressed the importance of student service and provided the group with examples of how CASC transformed this student experience.


“During the first week of the fall semester, our staff spent 3 days showing students where their classes were located in their buildings,” Solomon said. “By doing this, we relived the stress students often have when coming to a new environment that they are not familiar with. We were not only able to ease their stress, but through this simple gesture, we established personal connections with our students and guide them to CASC staff that will continue to support them throughout their educational journey.”


“After personally showing our students to class,” Solomon continued, “we also walked students to and from their vehicles under umbrellas, so they didn’t get soaking wet from a first-day-of-class-thunderstorm. By going the extra mile, we showed these students that our staff truly cares for their success and that they matter.”


The State Regents entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA) in May 2017 to formalize the state system’s commitment to serving tribal members seeking higher education in Oklahoma.

 

The agreement with TEDNA has strengthened public institutions’ relationships with tribal education offices to meet the higher education needs of tribal members across the state. Additionally, Reach Higher, Oklahoma’s adult degree completion initiative, works directly with tribal education offices across the state to increase the number of tribal citizens seeking a degree in Oklahoma.

 

“It was a distinct honor to share the practices that have made CASC NASNTI Program a success,” Solomon said. “Brad Davis, Regan Huff, and myself are dedicated to continually serving the students of CASC.”

 

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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