OLC Receives 10-Year Accreditation from NCA

Feb 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 15-3: English Only?, Tribal College News

Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota announced it has received 10 years of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

An NCA evaluation team visited in March, recommended the accreditation, and identified the college’s strengths. The team commended the “exceptionally strong commitment to the college and its success by the Pine Ridge Reservation and its community.”

It said the college mission “is a living statement of the Lakota way of life and, closely tied to the mission, is the Lakota Studies Program, which serves to assist in the preservation of the Lakota way of life.”

The team commended the college’s decentralized model, which serves needs of the population centers of the reservation, and the Bison Research Project, which creates “national distinction” for the college.

“The employees are committed to the mission of the college and quality of service to their students,” according to the report. It also mentioned the improvements to the physical facilities and commended the college for its fiscal stability and success in private fundraising.

“Receiving ten years of NCA accreditation is a major accomplishment for Oglala Lakota College, and it validates the hard work of our faculty and staff on behalf of our institution,” says OLC President Thomas Shortbull.

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