Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
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Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
TypePublic tribal land-grant community college
Established1971
Parent institution
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Academic affiliations
Space-grant
PresidentDr. Sherry Allison
Undergraduates488[1]
Location
Albuquerque postal address
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United States
Campusurban/suburban reserve
Websitewww.sipi.edu

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) is a public tribal land-grant community college in unincorporated Bernalillo County, New Mexico, with an Albuquerque postal address.[2] It is federally operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and funded through the Bureau of Indian Education, both agencies within the United States Department of the Interior. More than 120 different Indian Tribes are represented in SIPI's student body.[3][4]

History

The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute was conceived by the All Indian Pueblo Council, who envisioned a post-secondary school that could serve the Native American community. Collective efforts with tribal leaders, public officials, and interested citizens, resulted in the school's founding in 1971; dedication ceremonies were held on August 21, 1971. September 16, 1971, was the first day of classes. It operated initially on an "open-entry, open-exit system" of individualized training. It was funded by the Bureau of Indian Education, within the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

In 1974, SIPI was awarded a citation for Excellence of Service. By 1975, SIPI was accredited at the Certificate Level by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[5]

In 1994, the college was designated as a land-grant college, together with 31 other tribal colleges.[6]

It lost its accreditation in July 2010 and had been designated a "candidate" by the Higher Learning Commission.[7] On March 12, 2014 SIPI was awarded "Initial Accreditation" by the Higher Learning Commission.[8]

Campus

SIPI is located on approximately 164 acres in northwest Albuquerque, New Mexico. SIPI is located in the center of New Mexico’s agricultural and high-tech corridors (Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, and Intel Corporation), major universities and the largest technical force within a 500-mile radius. SIPI's state-of the-art Science and Technology Center includes 12 research and teaching laboratories, 10 classrooms, two distance learning rooms, a 500-seat auditorium, faculty offices and conference rooms.[9]

Partnerships

SIPI has agreements with the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and New Mexico Highlands University to ensure better recruitment, transfer, and retention rates for Native Americans so that students may easily transfer to four-year and graduate programs. The college has also established agreements with regional public institutions outside of New Mexico.[10]

SIPI is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), which is a community of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations. SIPI was created to serve higher education needs of American Indians. SIPI generally serves geographically isolated populations who do not have ready access to higher education.[11]

The institute lost its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission in July 2010.[12] On March 12, 2014, SIPI was awarded "Initial Accreditation" by the Higher Learning Commission and is once again accredited by the agency.[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ Institution of Education Sciences
  2. ^ Home page as of 2021-07-30 states: "9169 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120" - Despite the postal address it is outside of the city limits. See street map and land use map of ABQ and compare with the address.
  3. ^ American Indian Higher Education Consortium Archived 2012-06-14 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Colleges and Universities Archived 2015-05-08 at the Wayback Machine." Bureau of Indian Affairs. Retrieved on June 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Our History". Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  6. ^ "NIFA 1994s The First 20 Years of the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions Standing on Tradition, Embracing the Future" (PDF). National Institute of Food and Agriculture. September 25, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  7. ^ Schoellkopf, Andrea (15 July 2010). "SIPI Asks Colleges To Honor Credits". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2015-02-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ American Indian Higher Education Consortium Archived 2012-06-14 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ American Indian Higher Education Consortium Archived 2012-06-14 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ American Indian Higher Education Consortium Archived 2012-06-14 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Schoellkopf, Andrea (15 July 2010). "SIPI Asks Colleges To Honor Credits". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2015-02-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Coordinates: 35°10′29″N 106°39′57″W / 35.1747°N 106.6658°W / 35.1747; -106.6658