Dq University: a Leadership Analysis Essay example

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D-Q University: Leadership Analysis
The rebirth of D-Q University describes how none of the leaders of the American tribal college movement and one of the nation’s 34 tribal colleges faced financial difficulties, accreditation challenges resulting in the college being faced with the decision whether to close its doors or not. Leadership failure to reach Indian students before the accreditation was revoked is thought to be a primary issue creating low student enrollment. We will discuss background, issues, analysis, and make recommendations addressing the leadership failures in the areas of power structures, leadership, systems thinking, organizational culture, and ethics impacting the college ability to re-open its doors to the Indian
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Issues
A group of students and their supporters formed the D-QU Unity Coalition which challenged the authority of the presiding Board of Trustees. The Coalition charged that the Board had misused funds, regularly missed scheduled meetings, and exhibited a general lack of concern for the school's well-being. Coalition members also believed that the acting Board was completely invalid. Tensions grew as students who lived on campus began to confront the board members. U.S. Department of Education and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) cited low numbers of enrolled Indian students. The Tribally Controlled College or University Assistance Act requires a college to have more than 50% Indian students to quality for BIA funding under the law (Tribal College Journal, 2005). Board Member, Cindy La Marr and others were aware D-QU lacked management skill and the university was having difficulty reaching out to Indian students, but chose not to do anything about it. “I could see it coming many years ago. Many people were fearful of attaching their name or reputation to the school. It’s a big frustration” (Capriccioso, 2006, par. 3).
D-QU is an education learning institution. Leadership in education means mobilizing schools, families, and communities to deal with some difficult issues. It involves challenging