Opinion: Oglala Lakota College has positive record

"On behalf of the Oglala Lakota College Board of Trustees, I am providing the following information regarding the unfounded allegations made against our college.

I will first address the allegation that OLC President Tom Shortbull is putting the college at risk for its accreditation. This is the furthest from the truth as OLC is a member in good standing with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. In fact, the evaluation team was highly complimentary of the college in granting OLC its first 10-year accreditation in 2003. There are no reports that are outstanding with the commission or any issues that would jeopardize the college's accreditation.

The allegation that our administration is driving away students is completely erroneous. When President Shortbull returned to the college in 1995, the enrollment fluctuated from 1,100-1,200 students per semester, and over the last two years, the college has had an average enrollment of 1,450 students per semester. In fact, the 2004 spring semester saw OLC's largest enrollment with 1,546 students."

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Newton Cummings: OLC has record to be proud of (The Rapid City Journal 7/9)

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Oglala Lakota College - http://www.olc.edu

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