Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College earns accreditation

Aug 13th, 2013 | By | Category: 25-2: Tribal and Behavioral Health, Tribal College News

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has granted Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC, Baraga, MI) full accreditation.  Chartered in 1975, the milestone comes four years after KBOCC was first became a candidate for accreditation.  Just three years ago KBOCC began receiving funding under Title IV and the Tribally Community College Assistance Act.

“At this point, we’re poised to expand our programs and be involved in some further development,” dean of instruction Lynn Aho stated. “But we’ve been maintaining high standards all along, so the students won’t see any remarkable or dramatic changes this fall.  Where they’ll get the benefits more is after they graduate.”

The road to accreditation was facilitated by a restructuring of KBOCC’s governance. Accreditation coordinator Treneice Marshall noted that the tribe no longer directly controls the college. “The college is no longer a tribal department. It is in of itself its own entity,” she explained. “It’s always been open to other students, but in terms of governance, the college has its board separate from the tribal council which was a big distinction that needed to be made.”

KBOCC serves the L’Anse Indian Reservation and surrounding communities on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The college offers a variety of associate of arts programs, including degrees in liberal arts, early childhood education, and environmental science.

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