T.R.I.B.A.L. Attributes

NICC recently launched the T.R.I.B.A.L Attribute system to provide a framework to assess co-curricular events. This culturally grounded assessment practice was featured in a recent publication by the American Indian College Fund (AICF, 2024, p. 12-13),  



Tribal Cultures

Reciprocal Communication

Innovation and Technology


Analytic Skills and Research

Lifelong Learning Skills


  • Check back here for annual reports on each attribute!

Future Developments

In the future, NICC plans to expand this framework to encompass general education assessment as well. Below is the alignment with our institutional learning outcomes (ILOs):

  • T- Tribal Cultures replaces ILO 1,
  • R-Reciprocal Communication replaces ILO 2,
  • I- Innovation and Technology replaces ILO 4,
  • B- Balance: Body, Mind and Spirit replaces ILO 5,
  • A-Analytic Skills and Research replaces ILO 3; and
  • L- Lifelong Learning provides an opportunity to measure how well we are doing with our mission statement.