North Dakota Tribal Colleges Develop Regional AssociationAug 15th, 1994 | By tcj | Category: 6-2: Spirituality, Tribal College News
The five tribal colleges in North Dakota have established their own association, allowing them to work more closely with the state, share expertise and gather needed data.
The North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges will be funded for three years by the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). It will incorporate and seek non-profit status.
With FIPSE support, the association will be able to develop a clearinghouse for proposals submitted by state institutions to provide services for Indian populations. This will give tribes the opportunity to make suggestions before they are submitted, according to association coordinator Jack Barden, and will allow tribal colleges to participate more actively.
The association will also develop a shared database, combine expertise in board training and study the possibility of pooling personnel into larger groups for improved fringe benefit packages.
The tribal colleges will also join with other two-year colleges in the state to make transfer easier for students and eliminate duplication of courses. Strategic plans for fundraising will also be discussed.
The five North Dakota Colleges are: Fort Berthold, New Town; Little Hoop, Fort Totten; Standing Rock, Fort Yates; Turtle Mountain, Belcourt; United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck.