Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Host “Examining Higher Education for American Indian Students” Hearing

Capitol BuildingWASHINGTON — The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will host an oversight hearing entitled, “Indian Education Series: Examining Higher Education for American Indian Students” on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Jamienne Studley, U.S. deputy under secretary of education, will make testimony discuss the U.S. Education Department’s efforts to expand educational opportunities and improve educational outcomes for American Indian students through college access, affordability and completion.

The Obama administration views college completion as an economic necessity and a moral imperative.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, while the average public high school graduation rate for all students has increased six points, from approximately 75 percent in 2007-08 to 81 percent in 2011-12, the high school graduation rate for American Indian/Alaskan Native students over the same period rose by only four points, from 64 to 68 percent.

To find out more about the Education Department’s efforts to make college more accessible, affordable and high-quality, click here.


Testimony before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs


628 Dirksen Senate Office Building, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.


2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Panel 1

Ms. Jamienne Studley
Deputy Under Secretary-U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

Panel 2

Dr. Billie Jo Kipp
President-Blackfeet Community College, Browning, Montana

Panel 3

Ms. Cheryl Crazy Bull
President-American Indian College Fund, Denver, Colorado

Dr. Thomas Les Purce
President-Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

Mr. Melvin Monette
Director of Graduate Fellowships-American Indian Graduate Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico




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