Fond du Lac Reorganizes College in Cloquet, MN

Nov 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 19-2: Our Story, Our Way, Tribal College News

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is reorganizing into two separate colleges to enhance programs and services to students and area residents, officials of the two institutions announced in May. Both colleges intend to offer classes at the existing college campus in Cloquet, MN.

To solidify the new structure, each college is seeking separate accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Under the new arrangement, Fond du Lac Tribal College will be governed by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s Tribal College Board.

Fond du Lac Community College will operate within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The accreditation process, which is expected to be completed in 2008, will be largely invisible to students.

The Tribal College Board appointed Patty Petite, previously the accreditation coordinator for the tribal college, as president and Donna Statzell, former director of institutional research at College of Menominee Nation (Keshena, WI) as vice president for academic affairs. Donald Day, current president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, will continue as president of the community college.

The reorganization is occurring because the tribal college board wants to ensure that future funding for the tribal college is available from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The federal legislation that the BIA operates under requires that 51% of the students must be American Indian.

The current structure has been in effect since the college was created in 1987 under an agreement with the Fond du Lac Band and the state of Minnesota.

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