Last year at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), President Robert Martin (Cherokee) led the faculty, staff, students, alumni, board members, and donors though a strategic planning process that resulted in a number of important new directions.
During the spring semester of 2008 four Haskell Indian Nations University faculty members linked their curriculums
to facilitate an integrated initiative. They decided that Haskell – a university serving diverse American Indian and Alaskan
Native tribes – was the ideal place for holistic learning.
Case study teaching method deepened student understanding and developed skills in problem solving, working in teams, and dealing with issues that do not have easy answers. Case development also fostered good communication between tribal leaders and faculty and provided an avenue to develop curriculum addressing important community issues.