Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
2274 Enterprise Drive
Mission, Vision, Educational Philosophy
Through the Anishnaabe culture and heritage learning environment, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is committed to educating the whole person, enriching quality of life, broadening employment possibilities, preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions, and increasing knowledge of the Anishnaabe culture, heritage, and Ojibwa language. Vital to the preparation for lifelong learning is the development of competencies in communications, fine arts, natural sciences, social and behavioral science, technology, literature, historical studies and Anishnaabe culture.
Seeking to increase access to higher education for the tribal community and to expand educational and career opportunities, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council chartered SCTC in 1998. According to its founders, the establishment of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College served as the first step in an educational empowerment process aimed at preserving and maintaining Saginaw Chippewa tribal culture.
SCTC received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 2007.
Geographic Features and Challenges
Mount Pleasant is home also to Central Michigan University (CMU), the fourth largest university in the state. While SCTC provides a culturally-relevant and academically rigorous alternative to CMU, as a small tribal college, it lacks the same level of resources and infrastructure to support its recruitment efforts of local students to SCTC.
Academics and Students
A relatively young tribal college, SCTC offers associates' of arts degrees in three majors, with the associate’s of arts degree in general studies being a liberal arts transfer degree. From 2007 to 2010, the number of degrees conferred increased from 10 in 2007 to 17 in 2010.
Other Outstanding Accomplishments