CMN Scores a First with UW-Madison

Aug 15th, 2002 | By | Category: 14-1: Honoring Our Students, Tribal College News

The College of the Menominee Nation (CMN) in Keshena, WI, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) made history in May when they signed a unique transfer agreement. It was the first time in UW-M’s 154-year history that the university entered an articulation agreement with another land grant institution in the state, according to Delia Kundin, Institutional Advancement Specialist, at the College of the Menominee Nation.

The agreement facilitates the transfer of CMN students who complete the tribal college’s associate degree in sustainable development and want to study for their baccalaureate degree at UW-M. It provides a “seamless track” for students to complete their education and ultimately become eligible to complete a Ph.D. degree. The institutions also hope to deepen UW-M’s understanding of the rich historical and cultural heritage of American Indian nations. They designed their inter-institutional linkage to incorporate cultural diversity into the central mission of the university.

The first transfer student enrolled in the program is Chris Caldwell (Menominee) of Keshena, who will begin classes in Madison in the fall semester. Caldwell, who has worked in the forestry industry for the Menominee Nation, plans to return to the reservation with his family after graduation.

While UW-M does not have a bachelor’s degree in sustainable development, there are several academic areas for CMN alumni to choose from, including the natural resources major in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the conservation major in both that college and the college of Letters and Sciences. Other academic opportunities for students include botany, biology, economics, sociology, wildlife and forest ecology, and management.

CMN offers a two-year sustainable development program that provides graduates with skills and understanding necessary to succeed in the growing fields of conservation, alternative energy, environmental science, and natural resource management. Founded in 1993, CMN became a land grant institution in 1994 along with the other tribal college in the state, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College. CMN is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For additional information, contact Delia Kundin at the College of the Menominee Nation, (715) 799-5600.

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