Bacone expands partnership with Pawnee Nation CollegeAug 15th, 2011 | By eblankenship | Category: 23-1: Beyond Racism, Tribal College News
In April, Bacone College, a four-year college located in Muskogee, OK, announced the expansion of its partnership with Pawnee Nation College (PNC, Pawnee, OK). Bacone College announced that it has received formal approval from its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, to establish Pawnee Nation College as a degree location site for Bacone’s associate and bachelor degree programs in American Indian Studies.
“Establishing a degree location site at PNC means Bacone can offer all of its courses associated with these associate of arts and bachelor of arts degree programs at the Pawnee Nation College location in Pawnee without students having to travel to Muskogee,” explains Dr. Robert K. Brown, executive vice president and dean of faculty of Bacone College.
Prior to this approval, Bacone, as well as every other higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, was limited to offering only 49% of the coursework associated with any of its degree programs at an off-campus location without prior commission approval. With this approval, Bacone is no longer limited in offering off-campus courses for these two degrees at the Pawnee location.
Beginning in the fall of 2010, Bacone and Pawnee Nation College implemented an articulation agreement allowing both institutions to jointly offer coursework in the Associate of Arts in American Indian Studies program. Now, the two colleges can expand the course limits of the agreement and collaboratively provide all of the courses for that program at the Pawnee location.
After completion of the associate degree, students can continue to take and complete all of the courses in the bachelor’s program at Pawnee through Bacone. “This is a significant achievement for Bacone and provides significant assistance for Pawnee Nation College as it continues through the process of gaining full accreditation status through the Higher Learning Commission,” says Dr. Todd Fuller, president of Pawnee Nation College.
For more information, visit http://pawneenationcollege.org.