AIHEC's membership is 36 tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in the United States and one Canadian institution. It is jointly governed by the presidents from the member institutions. AIHEC offers technical assistance to its member colleges, as well as to developing institutions, and leads efforts to further the Tribal College Movement.
AIHEC MISSION STATEMENT
The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), since 1972, has been the collective spirit and voice of our nation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities, advocating on behalf of individual institutions of higher education that are defined and controlled by their respective tribal nations. AIHEC’s mission is to nurture, advocate, and protect American Indian history, culture, art and language, and the legal and human rights of American Indian people to their own sense of identity and heritage through:
1) assisting Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in maintaining standards of high quality education, developing an accrediting body for American Indian-serving post-secondary institutions, and reaching out to other national education organizations;
2) promoting and advocating for the development of new TCUs;
3) promoting policy, legislation, regulations at the national level to strengthen American Indian higher education and advocating for TCUs in Congress and with the federal government;
4) providing technical assistance to member institutions; and
5) promoting public and private opportunities for TCUs in areas critical to success in the 21st century, including science and information technology, agriculture and natural resources use, pre-K through 12 linkages, international outreach, and leadership development.
AIHEC's four primary strategic goals are:
In the late 1970's, AIHEC established the American Indian College Fund (AICF) to raise scholarship funds for American Indian students at qualified tribal colleges and universities.