University, FBCC Partner To Offer 4-Year DegreesMay 15th, 2007 | By tcj | Category: 18-4: Health and Healing, Tribal College News
Minot State University (Minot, ND) and Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC, New Town, ND) are starting a 3-year partnership aimed at making it easier for tribal college students to get 4-year degrees.
Fort Berthold Community College President Russell Mason Jr. said it marks the first time the college has signed such a partnership with a state institution. He said the move will be good for students at both colleges.
Gary Rabe, the vice president for academic affairs at Minot State University, said he is excited about the potential of cultural and faculty exchanges. Under the partnership agreement, courses at Fort Berthold will apply toward a 4-year degree at Minot State. The colleges will compile a list of courses in each program to make the transition easier for students.
V. Judy Brugh, secretary of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation Tribal Business Council, said students from the tribe will benefit by being able to take classes for a 4-year degree over the state Interactive Video Network (IVN). Currently, Brugh said, many students, particularly those with children or job responsibilities, have a hard time leaving home to get a degree.
Brugh said she finished her own degree by taking night classes at the tribal college, and her granddaughter is now a student there. Students and faculty members at both colleges will be encouraged to do projects at each institution and seek to enhance Native studies programs, officials said. Some of the Native American courses at the tribal college will be made available to the students at Minot State University via the interactive Video Network, online, or by other methods and vice versa. Native American faculty or friends may be invited to get involved in Native American Studies program at Minot State University through advising, teaching, or mentoring for this program. The schools may also work together on grants.
Reprinted with permission from the Associated Press and the Bismarck Tribune.