Cankdeska Cikana’s Accreditation Renewed

Feb 15th, 2006 | By | Category: 17-3: Heroes of Today, Tribal College News

Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC, Fort Totten, ND) now has full accreditation status. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), North Central Association of College and Schools, notified the college on Nov. 2, 2005.

Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community College had been on accreditation probation since 2002 due to administrative and financial instability. During the past several years, the college has been extensively re-organized.

After a comprehensive visit in April 2005, the HLC Review Team recommended removing probation status. The HLC agreed with this decision. The next comprehensive visit will be in 2011-2012.

The process of self-assessment is constant and ongoing. The college must submit three progress reports: student assessment (due in 2008), administration/governance (due in 2008), and financial stability (due in 2009).

“We have skilled and qualified employees, an engaged board of regents, the full support of the Spirit Lake Tribal Council, and a focus on excellence for the success of our students,” stated CCCC President Cynthia Lindquist Mala (Spirit Lake Dakota). Recently, the Spirit Lake Tribal Council contributed $300,000 to its tribal college.

Cankdeska Cikana Community College is one of 36 tribal colleges and universities in the United States. (One is in Canada.) CCCC averages 200 students per semester and has awarded 270 associate degrees in its 30-year history.

For more information on the accreditation process or to access the self-study document for Cankdeska Cikana Community College, go to:

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