Wisconsin College Joins with State University

May 15th, 1989 | By | Category: 1-1: From the Past, the Future, Tribal College News

Frustrated by the low partici­pation rate of Native American students in higher education, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Commu­nity College has joined with a state institution to broaden its service to Wisconsin’s Indian population.

Through a series of joint projects with the University of Wisconsin, Superior, the college will offer a wider range of courses, more educational re­sources and a seamless transfer program for students wanting to continue their education at the state university.

The program is expected to offer both educational opportu­nity and greater economic devel­opment.

“It is all too clear that prog­ress on access to higher educa­tion and thus to full economic opportunities available in Ameri­can life has stalled for many mi­norities,” according to a report outlining the program. This bold proposal… will help to restore the momentum.”

The university will provide, for example, graduate courses for teachers and administrators in the reservation school system. It will also offer business and science classes at Lac Courte Oreilles.

In addition, the university will help the tribal college in its ac­creditation process and will pro­vide workshops on economic development.

For its part, Lac Courte Or­eilles will offer seminars for faculty and staff at the state institution on strategies for teaching Indian students. Faculty exchanges have also been proposed.

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