Fort Belknap Earns 10 Years of AccreditationMay 15th, 2009 | By tcj | Category: 20-4: Tribal College Leadership and Vision, Tribal College News
Fort Belknap College (FBC, Harlem, MT) received accreditation affirmation July 2008 from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The college will follow the guidelines set forth in the accreditation handbook with an interim progress report due after five years. Another accreditation team visit will occur in 10 years.
“Our board of directors, all staff, faculty, and students worked diligently on the self-study over a period of two years,” says President Carole Falcon-Chandler. Development specialist Scott Friskics organized, collected, and combined individual efforts for the nine standards into one smooth, comprehensive report. Then in May 2008, the college hosted the NWCCU team for the on-site evaluation.
NWCCU President Sandra Elman wrote, “The commission commends the college’s faculty, staff, leaders, and students for generating and continuing a commitment to a culture of respect and support for the members of their college community and for demonstrating their strong commitment to the college’s mission and success of its students, and the institution’s success in monitoring, training, and hiring individuals who respect and reflect the cultural values of the college.” The FBC Board of Directors was commended for the “clarity of respect to a stewardship role.”
FBC received eight commendations along with five overall recommendations. FBC was commended for blending American Indian culture and academic programs together.
The college also received commendations in these areas: board members’ involvement with the self-study, the implementation of the strategic plan, the success of the grants and research departments, the White Clay Language Immersion School, the college support areas and community service, the innovative facilities and grounds, the master campus plan, and fiscal stability.
FBC was asked to strengthen these areas: set timelines for assessment measures in all academic programs and certificates and make all outcomes public; complete annual employee evaluations in a timely manner; continue to develop and implement an effective plan for outreach and recruitment; make accurate forecasts of projected enrollments and create appropriate contingency plans for revenue and expenditure changes due to grant funding cycles; and address the use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials.
“The self-study was a genuine collaborative effort of everyone from the board of directors chair, to the maintenance personnel, and our students,” President Falcon-Chandler says.