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Morris Named Top 200 Institution for American Indian Students

Posted by Jenna Ray on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013


Winds of Change has again named the University of Minnesota, Morris one of the top 200 institutions in the nation in support of American Indian students. Published quarterly by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Winds of Change is the leading nationally distributed magazine with a single-minded focus on career and educational advancement for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Each September Winds of Change releases a Top 200 Special College Issue, which includes a list of the top 200 colleges for American Indians. The issue is viewed as a crucial resource for students and college recruiters. Schools are identified for inclusion based on data from the U.S. Department of Education regarding enrollment and graduation rates from four-year colleges over the past four years. The goal is to identify institutions that graduate a high percentage of their Native American undergraduates as well as those with vibrant, supportive American Indian communities.

At Morris, Native students comprise 15 percent of the student body and have a six-year graduation rate of 61 percent—compared to the statewide average of 39 percent. Furthermore, 28 percent of American Indian students attending Minnesota four-year colleges full-time attend Morris. The University offers an American Indian Studies major and minor, Anishinaabe language instruction, and National Science Foundation-funded programs to increase student participation in the sciences as well as an Office of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs, an American Indian Advisory Committee, an AISES chapter, and a Circle of Nations Indigenous Association.

“We are very proud that the University of Minnesota, Morris has been included in Winds of Change’s Top 200 Special College Issue,” says Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson. “The legacy reflected in our unique campus history defines our institutional commitment to and support for our Native American students and surrounding communities. This national recognition affirms that commitment.”

A national non-profit organization, AISES is dedicated to increasing the number of American Indian representatives in the physical sciences. AISES college chapters provide professional and social peer support while serving as liaisons between students and the AISES National Office. In 2012, the Morris chapter received both the both the Stelvio J. Zanin Distinguished Chapter of the Year award and the Outreach & Community Service Award at the AISES National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

Additional information on Winds of Change and the Top 200 Special College Issue is available online.