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Mission, Vision, Educational Philosophy
IC upholds the traditional values of respect for nature, sharing, knowledge of language, cooperation, family and kinship, love and respect for our elders and one another, humor, hunting traditions, compassion, humility, avoidance of conflict, and spirituality in all of its endeavors.
The North Slope Borough’s dreams of creating a culturally appropriate and culturally responsive higher education institution materialized first with the creation of the North Slope Higher Education Center. The Center, created in tandem with University of Alaska Fairbanks, later became Arctic Sivunmun Ilisagvik College. Since the early 1990’s, the college’s emphasis upon vocational education and job readiness programming resulted in greater public-private partnerships and the expansion of facilities and resources.
In 1995, the North Slope Borough established the Ilisagvik College Corporation, an independent, public, non-profit corporation. IC earned accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in 2003. In 2006, it became the first and only federally recognized tribal college in Alaska.
Geographic Features and Challenges
With a service area that includes over 89,000 square miles of Arctic tundra region, the college is the only tribal college within the boundaries of the Arctic Slope. The region is ice-locked nine months of each year and not connected by road or rail.
Academics and Students
Eighty-four percent of students pursue their studies full-time, two-thirds of the student body members are female, and 53 percent of students identify as Alaska Native or American Indian. Fifteen full-time and 38 part-time faculty members teach courses in the college’s 34 certificate programs, three associate’s of arts degree programs, one associate’s of science degree, and 11 associate’s of applied science degree programs.
Other Outstanding Accomplishments