Dull Knife Receives Full AccreditationAug 15th, 1996 | By tcj | Category: 8-2: Cultural Property Rights, Tribal College News
Dull Knife Memorial College was named after Chief Dull Knife, who led a band of his people out of Indian Territory in the bitter winter of 1879 and back home to Montana despite tremendous odds. College administrators referred back to this history of determination when they announced the 1996 decision granting the college full accreditation status. The college was accorded initial accreditation at the associate degree level by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, effective September 1, 1995.
Although the commission noted the significant progress made during the college’s candidacy period, the college was given four recommendations: 1) implement institution-wide educational program assessments; 2) improve the science laboratory facilities and equipment; 3) pursue alternative sources of revenue to support facility and equipment upgrades; and 4) develop methods to assess student retention. The college will be required to submit a progress report in spring 1999 and to be re-evaluated by a full committee during the fifth year (spring 2001).
The college was originally created to train students for jobs in mining in the area. Dull Knife offered its first academic courses in 1978.