Haskell Indian College Plans for the Year 2000: Haskell Indian Junior College has ambitious plans for its future

Nov 15th, 1990 | By | Category: 2-3: Management Across Cultures, Tribal College News
By Daniel Carrigg

Renovation of the Haskell College Stadium is part of the institution's plan for the 1990s.

During a three-day retreat in May 1990, a long-range planning task force at Haskell hammered out a 10-year plan that established goals intended to propel Haskell into the 21st century.

The wide-reaching goals set by the task force indicate a college that is determined to play a leadership role in future Indian education.

The college plans include: increasing enrollment to 2,000 students by the year 2000; offering bachelor’s degrees by 1994; opening extension campuses in Topeka, Kansas City, and reservations across the country; offering night and weekend classes; building new dormitories; renovating Haskell Stadium; modernizing computer equipment; establishing a culture center; and reorienting admission policies to focus more on competencies at graduation rather than qualifications at entrance.

Bob Martin, Haskell’s new president, described in his annual written message his vision for the college.

“Our greatest challenge is to ensure that Haskell is on the cutting edge of Indian education and provides the necessary leadership to address the crucial educational concerns of the American Indian in the 21st century,” wrote Martin.

The plan, called Vision 2000, is the result of a one-year self-study conducted by the Haskell task force. The participants in this study reflected the entire Haskell community: faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the board of regents. The aim was to take a hard look at the college to determine what aspects of its programs must be kept and which must be sacrificed for the future.

Martin says that although the discussions were at times heated, the task force participants demonstrated a willingness to cooperate for a greater good.

“When all was said and done, we had a consensus,” says Martin.

To stay focused on its many challenging goals and to track progress, the task force is planning another retreat in 1991.

“We see planning as a dynamic process,” says Martin.

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