April 7 — Following shared governance criticism by its Faculty, Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) is now delaying a Dual Enrollment Program that would provide Native American high school students with opportunities to gain college credit. The university deleted the original social media posts that announced the program and said, “Please excuse our error. In our excitement about the Dual Enrollment Program, we announced it before all the i’s were dotted, and t’s crossed. Stay tuned – we will release specific information about enrollment and courses soon.“
The announcement to postpone comes after Haskell Faculty Senate unanimously passed a “vote of no confidence” resolution last Thursday which had stated, “President [Ronald] Graham continues to exclude faculty and academic deans from critical decisions about dual enrollment, effective scheduling of on-line courses, and use of the limited full-faculty Haskell currently has.”
Details about the program were provided to faculty in a memorandum on March 30th, just days before the resolution was certified, where HINU President Ronald Graham said, “The 6th high school signed our Dual Enrollment MOU last Friday. We currently have another 25 we’re working with regarding this same initiative. These are exciting times!! As you’re aware, we are offering 18-units to Native high school juniors and seniors free of charge. We will use Cares [sic] Act monies to fund this. Our recruiting team is doing a phenomenal job.”
No information has been provided at this time as to how long the program will be delayed.