Tribal Microcampus Model

Tribal Microcampus Model

Features & Benefits

The primary features and benefits of the UA-Tribal Microcampus Model are:

Cost Effectiveness

The Tribe provides a designated space for the UA to support microcampus academic programs, alleviating the need for new infrastructure and allowing UA to focus on delivering high-quality educational instruction in collaboration with the Tribe.

Affordable Tuition

The microcampus model allows program and course fees to be based on the UA’s lowest cost-per-credit rates, increasing access and affordability.

Collaborative Teaching

Courses can be offered in on-line, in-person, simulcast or hybrid modalities and can be co-taught by UA faculty members and/or a local college/university level qualified faculty member.

Research Incubation

Microcampusses serve as hubs for UA faculty and tribal collaboration and capacity building, including joint research and grant proposals.

Comprehensive Engagement

Microcampusses provide a platform and physical location for student training and exchange, short-term programs at the microcampus and the UA campus in Tucson,  language training, service-learning, internships, and other forms of engaged learning.

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Proposed by the UA College of Law Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) and Native Nations Institute (NNI) and adopted as part of the University of Arizona 2019 Strategic Plan, the UA Tribal Microcampus Model serves the Nation-building aspirations, professional development needs and capacity building goals of Native Nations in Arizona, the United States and the world.

The UA-Tribal Microcampus Model responds directly to the emerging demand by reservation-based Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, program managers, entrepreneurs and life-time learners for higher education access and affordable opportunities, mid-career education and advanced academic degrees in Indigenous governance and sustainable community and economic development in collaboration with the Tribe on or near its own reservation!

Partition Screen: The Sea Ania (the Flower World)

The Sea Ania (the Flower World) PYT

For the Yaqui peoples of Mexico and Arizona, the sea ania is described as a perfect image of the beautiful outside world—what the Yaqui call the “Flower World.” It is the beginning of life and the result of hard work. The sea ania is the embodiment of sacrifice. In singing the deer songs, Yaqui open the doors to other worlds. However, those other worlds don’t live separate from us, it is not a mythical story, but as real to the Yaqui as our day to day lives. And thus sea ania is the living beautiful side of our present world.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe Culture

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