Trying Times for Tribal Colleges
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
At Navajo Technical University, which has campuses on the sprawling Navajo reservation in New Mexico and Arizona, some students commute up to two hours each way just to attend classes.
Lack of internet access, declining first-year enrollment, and increasing student withdrawals are just some of the pandemic-related issues tribal colleges face. Many students and staff have also lost family members to COVID-19. In spite of these challenges, college leaders say students continue to show great resiliency.