As part of an overall growth plan for the Center for Lifelong Education (CLE), we will offer face-to-face and online non-degree courses and programs at the Institute of American Indians Arts (IAIA) and also through Distance Learning at IAIA to surrounding Native American communities. Those courses and programs will be centered around community-based needs within an overall institutional strategic growth plan.
This project is a collaborative effort by the Five Sandoval Pueblos, IAIA and CLE personnel. It begins with a small, manageable prototype distance learning program, the results of which would be evaluated and adjusted for implementation in other Native American communities in New Mexico. CLE already has dedicated space for distance learning and blended learning activities.
With the assistance of Rep. Magdalena and the officials of Five Sandoval Pueblos, CLE is working to establish the program’s guiding principles. Among the degree and non-degree programs tribal officials have expressed an interest in are: Indigenous Teacher Training, Leadership in Education, Grant Writing, Entrepreneurship, Health Awareness and Disease Prevention, Tribal Leadership Training, and Docent Training for Museums.
CLE will offer these programs for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and will work with the organizations sponsoring the learners to develop project goals, objectives, outcomes, and assessments based on the expressed needs of that organization. As part of the overall developmental program, CLE is in process to become accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Accreditation through IACET ensures that courses are of the highest standards.
CLE supports the following key principles in the coordination and delivery of Continuing Education courses in New Mexico:
- Training opportunities should be available for all levels of learners and for all types of service (technical, public, administration, and automation)
- Course and program offerings will encourage continuing professional and personal growth of the individual
- There should a commitment to nationwide availability of training, through such means as regional or decentralized training and distance learning
- Periodic needs assessments should be administered to determine the viability and sustainability of courses and programs offered
- There should be recognition systems for continuing education offerings through a university for the application of Continuing Education Units (CEU) to courses completed.
- There should be a system of appraisal established, to assure quality control prior to a CEU offering, and evaluation subsequent to the CEU activity
- The goals and objectives for Continuing Education should be reviewed annually so that activities will be directed towards the improvement of services to tribes and other entities, as well as to provide a progression of programs for the benefit of participants