Ilisagvik College Given Initial Accreditation

Nov 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 15-2: Reclaiming Native Health, Tribal College News

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has officially notified Ilisagvik College in Barrow, AK, that it was granted initial accreditation at the associate level at the commission’s June 2003 meeting. Established by the North Slope Borough in the 1980s, Ilisagvik is a public, non-profit college serving the residents of the borough, a 94,000 square mile area of northern Alaska consisting of eight incorporated communities with a total population of about 7,500, most of whom are Iñupiat Eskimo. The college offers both a local program in Barrow and extended learning opportunities to the borough’s villages.

Accreditation is critical because it means the institution and its students become eligible for a wide variety of financial aid programs. Students from accredited institutions may also transfer credits to other institutions. The college president, Edna Ahgeak MacLean (Iñupiat), said the college is studying the pros and cons of applying for tribal college status.

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