Keweenaw Bay College is Accreditation CandidateFeb 15th, 2010 | By tcj | Category: 21-3: Tribal College Faculty, Spring 2010, Tribal College News
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC, Baraga, MI), received word on Oct. 5, 2009, from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association that the review committee had recommended the tribal college for accreditation candidacy status.
KBOCC President Debbie Parrish says, “This is fantastic news.” Candidacy makes the college eligible for several sources of funding, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, HUD/ Tribal College University Program.
Under the bylaws of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), KBOCC was an associate member of the organization until it achieved candidacy. Parrish attended the AIHEC board meeting in New Hampshire in October where she requested and received full membership.
Candidacy also makes the tribal college eligible to receive funding from the American Indian College Fund, including operating funds ($100,000), restricted funds from donors ($50,000), and student scholarships.
In the coming years, Parrish says KBOCC plans to bring back a business degree, a two-year Native American Studies degree, and an Informational Systems degree. In addition, KBOCC is working with the Tribal Historical Preservation Office on mapping the Pinery Cemetery.
The candidacy status is for four years. There will be another comprehensive visit in two years to prepare for full accreditation. Parrish thanked members of the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Tribal Council for their continued support during the long endeavor to achieve this milestone.