Stone Child Accreditation Reaffirmed

Nov 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 11-2: Teacher Education, Tribal College News

The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges has reaffirmed the accreditation status of Stone Child College, the tribally-controlled community college of the Chippewa Cree Tribe on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in north-central Montana. The accreditation decision is based on a focused interim report, resulting from an evaluation visit to Stone Child College on April 23, 1999, by a team from Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

Stone Child College was chartered by the Chippewa Cree Business Council on May 17, 1984. Tribal leaders agreed that a college was necessary for the preservation and maintenance of the Chippewa Cree culture and for the post-secondary education and training of its tribal membership. Off-reservation vocational training programs and general college study programs were not adequately meeting the needs of the Rocky Boy community. Stone Child College received candidacy status in June 1989 and initial accreditation in May 1993. This reaffirmation of accreditation is for 10 years, assuming Stone Child College will continue to meet the eligibility requirements and maintain the standards set by the Commission on Colleges.

Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges is one of six similar regional associations in the United States that accredits schools and colleges. The Northwest region includes Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Montana. All colleges are required to meet several eligibility requirements and standards to become accredited as well as maintain accreditation. Accreditation is very important to Stone Child College, particularly in transferring college credits to other accredited colleges and universities. Accreditation can also assist in obtaining certain types of student financial aid and other core funding for the institution.

Stone Child College staff and Board of Regents had to address four recommendations of the Commission on Colleges concerning faculty evaluations, college deficit, assessment, and maintaining accounting expertise. In the focused interim report, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges states, “Stone Child College is commended for the successful implementation of the Faculty Evaluation Policy and their success in reducing the deficit in unrestricted funds by 74 percent over the past year, which reverses a three year trend of increasing deficits.”

Stone Child College President Steve Galbavy stated, “We are continually striving to improve and strengthen the long term stability of our institution. We appreciate the guidance from the Commission of Colleges, as accreditation is critical to the ongoing growth of Stone Child College.”

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