Sisseton Wahpeton College Awarded Accreditation by North Central

Aug 15th, 1990 | By | Category: 2-2: Leadership for Tomorrow, Tribal College News

Praising the college for its innovative programs and commu­nity support, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools awarded full accreditation to Sisseton Wahpeton Community College in August.

Following a site visit and ap­proval of a review committee, the college, located in Sisseton, South Dakota, was accepted by the regional accrediting agency after an August 23-24 meeting of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

President Gwen Hill praises Sisseton Wahpeton’s staff for their contributions to the college and the accreditation process.

“First and foremost, the entire staff deserves recognition for their continuing dedication to the college,” Hill says. “The accredita­tion action is a very positive reflection on the administration, faculty and support staff.”

She also emphasizes the impor­tant contributions made by the institution’s board of trustees. “As the governing body of the institu­tion, they have often had to make difficult decisions,” she says.

Board Chairman Gilbert Robertson acknowledged the difficulty of their work, but stresses the important role played by Sisseton Wahpeton College in its community. “It has definitely been worthwhile, “Robertson says.

Letters of congratulation came from tribal Chairman Russell Hawkins and tribal Secretary Michael Selvage.

“The college deserves full congratulations on accreditation,” says Hawkins. “It is an important development and one which will allow SWCC to make an even greater contribution to tribal life and programs. Education is part of the answer to the challenges we face and it must remain a top priority.”

President Hill said the report of the evaluating team identified seven areas of excellence at the college, including its flexible schedule, the use of individual instruction, and its growing curriculum. The evaluation team was also impressed by the support of the college’s staff, faculty, board and tribal leadership, as well as its growing financial stability.

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