LCO Ojibwe College Accreditation Reaffirmed After Year-Long Process
Hayward, WI. (October 4, 2021) – Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College recently underwent a yearlong accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States, receiving reaffirmation through the 2030-2031 academic year.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requires institutions to undergo a self-study documenting how it meets the criteria set forth for accreditation, the formal recognition of the quality of an educational institution, followed by an on-site peer review. LCOOC met all eighteen (18) core components of the five (5) criteria without conditions.
The peer review team notes that “It is evident that the mission of the college permeates all that the college has done, and what the team learned about future plans indicates that this will continue to be the case. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College has made meaningful improvements to the services provided at the outreach sites and is in the process of developing an ambitious strategic plan. In conversation with the President, it became apparent that the college intends to continue to move aggressively into the future.”
Provost Lisa Munive states, “We greatly appreciate the efforts of the HLC Peer Team, as well as the countless hours faculty and staff dedicated to this process. Achieving reaffirmation demonstrates the dedication of the team here at LCOOC, and their steadfast belief of the college mission.” Provost Munive also expresses gratitude to the students, alumni, and community for their continued support.
LCOOC will celebrate this accomplishment during the upcoming Seven Generations Inter-tribal Leadership Summit October 7-8, 2021.
About Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College
The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College’s mission is to provide Anishinaabe communities with post-secondary and continuing education while advancing the language, culture, and history of the Ojibwe.
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (LCOOC) is a non-profit Ojibwe tribal college. Our focus is to help Native students advance themselves in the world, while studying their own history and language. We are an open-door institution which welcomes anyone who would like to work toward a better tomorrow. LCOOC does not discriminate based upon race and will not deny admission to any Native student regardless of tribal enrollment or affiliation.