Commission Grants NWIC Four-year Accreditation

Nov 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 22-2: Crossing Borders, Winter 2010, Tribal College News

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has granted accreditation at the baccalaureate degree level to Northwest Indian College (NWIC, Bellingham, WA). The commission reaffirmed accreditation at the associate degree level for NWIC, which is chartered by the Lummi Nation and is the only accredited tribal institution in the Pacific Northwest.

“With this affirmation as a four-year degree granting institution, NWIC is better able to fulfill its vision of place-based education for all Native people, especially in the Pacific Northwest,” says NWIC President Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota).

NWIC has been an accredited two-year post-secondary institution since 1988. The commission’s recent accreditation of NWIC at the baccalaureate level includes the college’s Bachelor of Science in Native Environmental Science. To achieve this milestone, NWIC voluntarily engaged in a comprehensive self-study review process as a four-year degree granting institution.

According to a letter from NWCCU to NWIC, the commission commended the college’s devotion to mission, applauded its community, and recognized its successes with campus development, fundraising, and with the new Center for Student Success. NWCCU also requested that NWIC submit a financial report in the fall of 2011 in response to recommendations related to financial forecasting and development of a reserve fund. Additional recommendations will be addressed in NWIC’s year three report.

“The development of NWIC as a bachelor’s degree granting institution has been a shared community vision and ongoing goal of the college since its inception,” Crazy Bull says. “Throughout the college’s history, the Board of Trustees, tribal leaders, faculty, staff, and students have worked together to develop academic and social programs that meet the needs of tribal communities.”

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