Oglala Lakota College is chartered by the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities that enhance Lakota life. These opportunities include community services, certificates, GED, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees. Oglala Lakota College provides a framework of excellence for student knowledge, skills, and values towards piya wiconi - a new beginning for harmony in fulfillment of aspirations and dreams. Oglala Lakota College is committed to continuous improvement and is creating Oglala Lakota University through outstanding teaching, research, community service, and assessment.
The result of our activities on the reservation; Lakota people are now employed in teaching, nursing, human services, business, computer, and vocational positions providing services and support to the people and families of Pine Ridge reservation.
Oglala Lakota College was one of the first tribally controlled colleges in the United States. The concept of a tribally controlled college is that it be sanctioned by an Indian tribe, governed by a Board of Trustees made up of tribal members; and meets the needs of reservation people in their pursuit of higher education. In 2011, OLC was recognized as a Beating the Odds institution by a report of the HCM Strategist, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This recognition was given for being a Tribal college that produces a high number of Bachelor and Master Degree graduates.
From its initial status as a community college, Oglala Lakota has grown to now offer Baccalaureate degrees and several Master degrees in Lakota Leadership and Education. Our current average enrollment is 1,800 plus students.
Oglala Lakota College is seeking comments from the public about OLC in preparation for it periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit on May 6-8, 2013, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Oglala Lakota College has been accredited by the Commission since 1983. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation and Assumed Practices. The public is invited to submit Comments regarding the College to:
Public Comment on Oglala Lakota College
The Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois, 60604-1413
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and signed; comments are not confidential. All comments must be received by April 1, 2013. Comments may be submitted electronically by using HLC's website [www.ncahlc.org].