Models for Excellence

Nov 15th, 1995 | By | Category: 7-3: Investing, Tribal College News

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year $12.35 million grant to Oglala Lakota College (OLC) as a Model Institution for Excellence. Oglala Lakota College will work in partnership with Sinte Gleska University (SGU) and the three other tribal colleges in South Dakota–Cheyenne River, Sisseton Wahpeton, and Standing Rock. The program will create an environmental science degree program at OLC and a computer software engineering degree program at Sinte Gleska. SGU will also develop a two-year pre-engineering associates degree in science. Later, the courses will be delivered via long distance learning channels to the other three colleges.

OLC and SGU offer four year and advanced degrees. A total of 94 percent of the OLC graduates and 85 percent of SGU graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees, according to college officials.

OLC invited a Lakota spiritual advisor to bless the MIE program at a ceremony in October attended by federal, state, tribal, and other officials. The foundation’s nationwide MIE program is designed to produce college and university models for improving the quantity and quality of minority science, engineering, and mathematics graduates.

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