Fort Berthold Community College
220 8th Ave. N.
Mission, Vision, Educational Philosophy
provides quality cultural, academic, and vocational education and services for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Using this mission to guide its activities, the college works to enhance the quality of life, positive identities, and leadership of its students. FBCC further endeavors to develop its own financial strength and diversity as an institution, and become a leader among the tribal college movement.
FBCC developed long-term strategic, sustainability and education plans that allowed it to expand its academic programs and services. The college received accreditation as a two-year institution in February 1988 from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2011, FBCC reached a significant milestone when the HLC awarded accreditation at the baccalaureate degree level for its four-year degree programs in Education, Environmental Science, and Native American Studies.
The college is also one of twenty-nine tribal colleges granted 1994 Land Grant Institution status.
Geographic Features and Challenges
New Town, the largest town on the reservation, serves as home to the college’s main campus. The college also supports two mentor sites, Mandaree to the southwest and White Shield to the southeast. From these mentor sites, students may take classes via distance learning.
Academics and Students
FBCC students, 78 percent of whom pursue their studies full-time, come from the local community. In Fall 2009, Native American students made up 81 percent of total enrolled student body, mostly tribal members. While the student population reflects the tribal community it serves, it is non-traditional according to mainstream educational norms. For example, the average age of a FBCC student is 32 years and over half of all students matriculate to FBCC with a G.E.D.
FBCC, therefore, makes a concerted effort to employ Native faculty members to teach intensive college preparatory coursework in math, reading, and writing in addition to more academically rigorous classes. The college employs 25 full- and part-time faculty members, offering an average faculty-student ratio of 14:1.
Improved outcomes in recent years attest to the college’s success at reaching its students. From 2006 to 2010, the number of associate degrees awarded by FBCC increased from 14 to 23 respectively. In 2010, the college also awarded seven certificates to graduating students.
Other Outstanding Accomplishments
These efforts came to fruition in 2011 with the accreditation of its Education, Environmental Science and Native American Studies bachelor’s degree programs.