For Tribal Colleges That Have Always Struggled With Internet Access, Moving Online Isn’t Easy
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Tribal colleges and universities—which serve more than 16,000 Native American students—have been hard hit by the coronavirus, as they try to support some of the poorest student populations in remote rural areas with limited technology and funds.
To confront the challenge, schools may put internet hotspots in towns within driving distance. It isn’t possible to give students hotspots at home—too many live in areas far from cell towers or blocked off by mountains. But this way, students can at least access their online course materials from their cars, and other community members can use the internet as well.