SBC Adds 4 BS Degrees, Plans Excellence Center

Nov 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-2: Native Green, Tribal College News

Sitting Bull College (SBC, Fort Yates, ND) continues to expand its facilities and academic programs. SBC has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer four new bachelor of science programs.

SBC has also received a $700,000 grant from the American Indian College Fund (College Fund) to establish a 7th Generation Academic Excellence Center to enhance the intellectual capital of its students and other future leaders on the Standing Rock Reservation.

Dr. Koreen Ressler, vice president of academics at SBC, says, “The new programs include Bachelor of Science Degrees in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Science Education, and General Studies.” In May 2008, SBC was presented the results of a Higher Learning Commission’s focus visit, completed in January 2008. The purpose of the visit was to review SBC’s request to add the four new bachelor degrees.

Currently the college offers Bachelor Degrees in Elementary Education, Business Administration, and Environmental Science. SBC is currently in its fourth year of a 10-year accreditation, with these new programs scheduled to begin in fall 2008.

Visiting members for the focus visit included team chairperson Dr. Bernard Marley, provost at Oakland City University in Oakland City, IN, and Dr. David Calhoon, chair of elementary/secondary education at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. Marley provided positive feedback in the team’s findings based on their three-day visit with community members, the SBC Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

The American Indian College Fund grant for the academic excellence center will be given to SBC over four years. The first installment was received in November 2007. “The (new) center will assist Sitting Bull College students in becoming more effective communicators both orally and in writing,” Ressler says. “This is important to the education of our students because effective communication is one of the seven overall student outcomes used to measure student success.”

The grant is from the College Fund’s Woksape Oyate (Lakota for “Wisdom of the People”) program, which is funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Richard B. Williams, president and CEO of the College Fund, says, “This program allows college administrators to tailor programs that will address individual needs for each of their respective institutions, while strengthening the tribal college system as a whole.”

Dr Crispin Maslog, director of the 7th Generation Excellence Center, can be contacted at (701) 854-8040 or by email at crism@sbci.edu.

 

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