Tribal: Reservation Based Community Determined Program

Tribal: Reservation-Based Community Determined Program

The Evergreen State College and Grays Harbor College collaborate to provide a Bachelor of Arts degree on various Indian reservations in western Washington.

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Designed for place-bound students deeply connected to tribal communities, the program has been “reservation based” from the beginning with classes held on Indian reservations in western Washington. “Community determined” means that the program is initiated at the tribes’ request, that a tribal advisory board provides curricular direction, and that program content addresses significant community issues and utilizes community resources.

Students attend weekly classes at the reservation sites and also attend Saturday classes at the Longhouse where all students come together for classes, workshops and cultural events. Hundreds of students have earned their degrees through the reservation-based programs and gone on to graduate school and various positions in tribal government, social services, education, and other fields.

The Grays Harbor College Reservation Based AA Degree Bridge program

Serves students with less than 90 college credits who live or work on a reservation or have social or cultural ties to tribal communities.

  • Students attend online classes designed for a high degree of cultural relevance.
  • Students attend class two nights a week at Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Quinault, Peninsula, Port Gamble and Tulalip. Makah, Lower Elwha, and Skokomish can be reactivated contingent on student enrollment.
  • Students also attend class four Saturdays per quarter at the Longhouse on the Evergreen campus, with the Evergreen students.
  • Students work toward a direct transfer Associate of Arts Degree.

The Evergreen State College Reservation Based Community Determined program

Serves students with 90 or more college credits who live or work on a reservation or have social or cultural ties to tribal communities.

  • Students attend class two nights a week at Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Quinault and Tulalip. Makah, Lower Elwha, Port Gamble, and Skokomish can be reactivated contingent on student enrollment.
  • Students also attend class four Saturdays per quarter at the Longhouse on the Evergreen campus.
  • Students work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree.