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United Tribes Technical College Wins AACRAO Award

Team Receives National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Award for Innovative Approach to Enrollment Management


December 7, 2022

From left to right: Oyate Ohowicada Win (Respects the People Woman); Sheridan McNeil (Standing Rock & Sisseton Wahpeton Nations), Dean of Instruction; Monte Schaff, IR Data Analyst; and Lisa Azure, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

December 6, 2022, Denver, Colo. – United Tribes Technical College (UTTC), a tribal college in Bismarck, North Dakota, earned the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Award for its work at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers' 32nd Strategic Enrollment Management Conference in Toronto, Canada. Titled "Using Retention Data to Inform Practices to Promote Student Success," UTTC's work is part of the American Indian College Fund's Cultivating Native Student Success program, which focuses on strategic enrollment management plans. UTTC is one of five Tribal Colleges and Universities participating in the College Fund's program.

In the session, UTTC shared how retention data from an early alert system was used to inform retention practices, including student messaging and retention workflow. The session highlighted how the early alert system has been shared with stakeholders and what changes have been made based on what was learned through the implementation of the early alert system.

UTTC's session was highly attended, with approximately 10 percent of conference attendees present. Of the five presentations that received awards, UTTC's was the only one conducted by a TCU.

About the American Indian College Fund-The American Indian College Fund has been the nation's largest charity supporting Native higher education for 33 years. The College Fund believes "Education is the answer" and provided $14.45 million in scholarships and other direct student support to American Indian students in 2021-22. Since its founding in 1989 the College Fund has provided more than $284 million in scholarships and program, community, and tribal college support. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation's 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators and is one of the nation's top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit


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