Saginaw Chippewa College Granted Accreditation

Feb 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-3: Beyond Our Names: Uncovering Identity, Tribal College News
By Frank Cloutier of the Tribal Observer

PAUL JOHNSON. Chair of the SCTC Board of Regents thanks college staff at awards gathering. Photo by Marty Curry.

After nearly 10 years of work, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (SCTC, Mount Pleasant, MI) achieved its goal of accreditation. On Oct. 12, 2007, the college celebrated with an accreditation luncheon attended by about 110 people.

Accreditation by the regional agency means that students attending the tribal college can transfer, and their work will be recognized and accepted. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association accepted the tribal college as a viable candidate back in 2001. Since then, several people from the SCTC Self Study Team have worked diligently to make accreditation a reality.

Plaques of appreciation were given to SCTC President Dr. Karen Radell; Chair of the Self-Study Committee and English Instructor Laura Gregg; Dean of Instruction and Student Services Carla Sineway; Academic Services Manager Katy DenHeeten; Registrar Tracey Reed; Amanda George Dye of the SCTC Billing Department; Mico Slattery of the Native American Studies faculty; Jeremy Mertz, mathematics instructor; and Cheryl Calhoun, science instructor.

“This recognition by the Higher Learning Commission guarantees our students a level playing field while attending college. Equal ground is very important to each of our students if they are to succeed,” stated President Radell.

The HLC team visited the tribal college in April and recommended accreditation. That recommendation was confirmed in September. Because it is the college’s initial accreditation, it is for 5 years and not 10 years. In 2012, SCTC will have to conduct another self study and host another review team. In the meantime, the college is required to submit a report in 2009.

Because it is now an accredited institution, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is now eligible to use an “edu” extension on its website and emails. The new website is

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