Little Priest Tribal College
601 East College Drive
Mission, Vision, Educational Philosophy
In the Winnebago heritage of respect, integrity and self-reliance, Little Priest Tribal College is chartered by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska to provide higher education opportunities. The college prepares its students to succeed in a multicultural world by emphasizing quality education of the highest level, humanistic values, and life skills.
LPTC endeavors to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution. The college also provides language and culture classes and training opportunities for upgrading job skills and improving employability.
The college became a land-grant institution in June 1998, and received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools later that year. The HLC bestowed 10-year accreditation to LPTC in 2003.
Geographic Features and Challenges
Approximately, 1,200 Winnebago tribal members reside on the reservation. Forty percent of the reservation’s population is under the age of 19. Demographic modeling indicates the reservation population will increase to 5,050 by year 2040. As the population grows, so will the need for increased resources necessary for LPTC to educate an increasing number of Winnebago students.
Academics and Students
LPTC signed the Nebraska Transfer Initiative, an agreement with four-year Nebraska institutions to accept the common core of general education courses. LPTC employs six full-time faculty members and many more adjunct faculty, staff and administrators to serve its students.
Fifty-seven percent of LPTC’s student body attends college full-time. Females comprise 68 percent of the student population, and American Indians account for 95 percent of all enrolled students. The student body further reflects the reservation’s young population; half of all students are 24 years old or younger.
Between 2006 and 2010, LPTC experienced consistent growth in its enrollment numbers, from 95 students enrolling in 2006 and 148 enrolling in the fall 2010. LPTC conferred eight associate’s degrees in both 2006 and 2010. LPTC graduated its largest class in spring 2011.
Other Outstanding Accomplishments