Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education




American Indian / Minority Achievement Program (AIMA)

The American Indian / Minority Achievement Program (AIMA) will provide strong and highly visible leadership for increasing academic engagement and achievement for minorities throughout the Montana University System (MUS) and the state.

The Director of AIMA will:

  • advise the Deputy Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs on critical AIMA concerns, including offering possible approaches or solutions;

  • facilitate the meaningful infusion of Montana's Indian Education for All (IEFA) throughout
    the MUS;

  • collaborate with OCHE Academic, Research, and Student Affairs staff to promote such
    OCHE initiative and policy areas as college readiness, student engagement and retention,
    credit transfer, general education, and degree completion;

  • serve as facilitator/liaison on American Indian and minority issues with essential tribal,
    state, and local government contacts, committees, organizations, and individuals;
  • support efforts on the MUS campuses that promote cultural diversity, including helping
    teach cultural diversity workshops or courses as appropriate;

  • work closely with Native American Studies programs on MUS campuses to facilitate
    system-wide interactions and collaborations;

  • work with OCHE information management staff to identify and help produce key metrics
    to publicize measures of diversity at the MUS level; and

  • develop goals and objectives tied to specific accountability measures that show the
    importance of the AIMA program to Montana students and MUS campuses.

Information about the American Indian Tuition Waiver and Application form is located here:

American Indian Advisory Council 2014-2015

The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) has approved the creation of a Montana University System American Indian Achievement Advisory Council to identify ways in which we can strengthen our service to all people of Montana.

This Council will focus on the following items in order to make recommendations for the Board of Regents’ review:

  • Map current programs, projects, and initiatives to determine connections and opportunities to enhance connections

  • Ensure clear messaging regarding diversity through current policy and recommendations for future policy

  • Identify and suggest opportunities to engage campus communities in learning about equity and inclusion

  • Identify best practices for recruitment, orientation, and retention for students and faculty/staff

  • Identify structured opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration and professional development

  • Review current data and identify areas for deeper analysis and opportunities for further research

  • Ultimately make recommendations to Board of Regents to help define our responsibilities under Indian Education for All in a measurable and meaningful way

Royelle Bundy, Director of American Indian Student Services, UM Missoula
Rebecca Dahl, TRIO Director UM Western
Roberta Evans, Dean, College of Education, UM Missoula
Florence Garcia, Associate Dean, City College
Brad Hall, Institutional Researcher, Blackfeet Community College
Chris Kearns, VP for Student Success, MSU Bozeman
Greg Kegel, Chancellor, MSU Northern
Heidi Pasek, Associate Dean, Great Falls College
Cheryl Polacek, Doctoral student, MSU Bozeman
Mandy Smoker Broaddus, Director of Indian Education, Office of Public Instruction
Adriane Tailfeathers, Senior, UM Missoula
Paul Tuss, Regent, Montana University System
Theo Van Alst, Faculty, Native American Studies, UM Missoula
Sweeney Windchief, Faculty, College of Education, MSU Bozeman
Tyler Trevor, Deputy Commissioner, OCHE
Brandi Foster, Director of American Indian and Minority Achievement, OCHE


Home        Privacy & Security       Accessibility        Contact Us       State Authorization       Search       Site Index

Montana University System • Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street • PO Box 203201 • Helena, MT 59620-3201 • 406-444-6570

Copyright 2016 Montana University System. All Rights Reserved.