Menominee College Meets NCA StandardsNov 15th, 1998 | By tcj | Category: 10-2: Assessing Student Learning in a Cultural Environment, Tribal College News
The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) received initial accreditation from the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools Commission of Higher Education on August 7, 1998. “I was extremely happy when I heard the good news,” said Dr. Verna Fowler, president of the college in Keshena, Wis. “The amount of work accomplished in such a short time to reach this landmark is absolutely remarkable.”
The college was established by the Menominee Tribal Legislature in 1992. Subsequently, the college became eligible for federal funding under the Tribally Controlled Community College Assistance Act. Four years later in 1996, NCA granted candidacy status to CMN. In 1996, the existence of CMN was threatened when the Tribal Legislature underwent a change in leadership and philosophy regarding the management (governance) structure of the college. Later that same year, the existence of CMN was reaffirmed through a new charter drafted and circulated under an initiative petition by the voters of the Menominee Tribe.
Initial research by NCA in making its determination on accreditation of the college involved a four member review team of college professors. They examined the records of CMN pertaining to governance, faculty credentials, financial statements, student records, administration and all policies and procedures of the institution. NCA also interviewed faculty, employees, students, tribal legislators, and community members to determine the viability of CMN as an institution of higher education.
In making the announcement of the accreditation, Dr. Fowler stated, “I would like to thank and congratulate the Menominee community for their help in the development of the College of Menominee Nation and for making it a success in meeting the standards to have a fully accredited institution.” Based in Chicago, NCA accredits colleges and universities in 19 states and is the nation’s largest accrediting association.