uSask, SIAST expanding services to improve success for Aboriginal students

November 21, 2011

To forge closer ties with Aboriginal communities, this year the University of Saskatchewan opened a satellite office at English River First Nation, where prospective students can learn about university programs without having to trek to the main campus. Next September, uSask will introduce a comprehensive program to help first-year students adapt to post-secondary life in the hopes they will succeed from the outset. In 2008, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology pledged to spend $5.5 million by 2015 on new courses, transition programs, and partnerships with the goal to improve student success. This year SIAST hired 6 more Aboriginal advisers, expanded a summer transition program, and pledged to introduce curricular changes that include an Aboriginal perspective. To improve the pipeline to PSE, institutions are working with the elementary and high school systems. For example, the Kamskénow project is a collaboration between uSask and the Saskatoon Public Schools, with funding from business, to bring top-quality science and math lessons to inner-city schools with a high proportion of Aboriginal students. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)