Administration – Structure and Governance – Tribal Colleges: Governance and Accreditation

Administration – Structure and Governance – Tribal Colleges: Governance and Accreditation

October 27, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


>>Dr. Stephanie Blackmon: So we’ve talked
about some of the aspects of tribal colleges that are unique to tribal colleges. But what
are some of the commonalities tribal colleges share with other higher education institutions?>>Dr. Heather Shotton: Well, they’re governed
much like mainstream institutions–>>Dr. Stephanie Blackmon: Mmhmm.>>Dr. Heather Shotton: –by either a board
of trustees, a board of directors, but they are governed—they, tribal colleges are accredited
institutions. They have to go through the same accrediting process that other institutions
have to go through–>>Dr. Stephanie Blackmon: Mmhmm.>>Dr. Heather Shotton: –whatever their regional
accrediting body is. They also along with going through the American Indian Higher Education
Consortium as members of, of that organization. But they do have to go through the same type
of accrediting process that all institutions in the United States have to go through. While
there’s this focus on culture and language, they are still offering courses that you see
at, at–from a more Western courses.>>Dr. Stephanie Blackmon: Okay.>>Dr. Heather Shotton: With the understanding
that many of their students are, are going to be transferring, so they need their math
and their science and, and–>>Dr. Stephanie Blackmon: Right.>>Dr. Heather Shotton: –literature. So what
are some of those core Western courses that you’re getting at other types of institutions—they’re
offering those as well, so that they can transfer for their students. So those are some of the,
the similarities–>>Dr. Stephanie Blackmon: Okay.>>Dr. Heather Shotton: –that we can see.