Sinte Gleska Accredited for New DegreesAug 15th, 1996 | By tcj | Category: 8-2: Cultural Property Rights, Tribal College News
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited several new four year degree programs at Sinte Gleska University. The final decision came at the August meeting of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The newly accredited bachelor degree programs are in the Lakota Studies and Education Departments: Cultural Resource Management, Lakota History and Culture, Arts in Education, and Special Education. The team recommended that SGU be allowed to develop additional four year programs in other academic areas.
The NCA team also approved of SGU’s delivery of off-site courses. The university is located on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, but it also serves as the accrediting institution for the Lower Brule Community College and has an affiliation agreement with Sitting Bull College.
After reviewing the university’s financial records, the NCA team commended SGU. Previous accreditation site teams had expressed concern about the stability of the institution given dwindling federal dollars. However, the team praised SGU’s ability to raise revenue, particularly from the private sector, and to utilize each dollar to its maximum potential. Since the visit, the university established the Sinte Gleska University Foundation to increase the donor base and endowment.
SGU President Lionel Bordeaux said in the past, SGU has been penalized at site evaluation visits for not looking like Dartmouth. “The ivy may not be draping our walls, but like every living thing, the heart of Sinte Gleska University can be found inside our walls and inside each student, faculty member, and staff member. I am proud of their accomplishment,” he says.