Navajo Technical College
Mission, Vision, Educational Philosophy
The vision of Navajo Technical College is to educate Navajo individuals, to utilize state-of-the-art technology and to enhance the desirable character traits of integrity, self-discipline, loyalty, and respect, which give the Navajo people hope, courage, and the resiliency essential to their survival as a people.
CIT received Land Grant status in 1994. In November 2006, the Navajo Nation Council approved changing the name to Navajo Technical College. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools awarded accreditation to the college in 2005, just two years after it received candidacy status. The HLC renewed accreditation in 2010.
Geographic Features and Challenges
Navajo Technical College’s main campus is located in Crownpoint, New Mexico, near the northwestern border between New Mexico and Arizona. To meet an ever-increasing demand from tribal members, NTC also offers classes in Chinle, Arizona in the local high school in agreement with the local school district.
Its commitment to provide high quality academic programming in the math, science and technology fields to a large and predominantly rural geographic area makes NTC an ideal institution for strong distance learning and online degree programs. A lack of resources to build technological infrastructure and the widespread lack of connectivity on the reservation, however, continue to pose significant challenges in this area.
NTC employs 32 full-time faculty members and many more adjunct, staff and administrators to serve its students. The college recently redoubled efforts to increase the number of Native faculty members from 40 percent by launching a new Navajo Teacher Program at the college.
Since 2006, Navajo Technical College experienced a steady increase in the number of students enrolling each year. Approximately 1,000 students now enroll each fall. Sixty-nine percent of NTC’s student body attends college full-time. Females comprise 55 percent of the student population, and American Indians account for 99 percent of all enrolled students. NTC conferred 32 associate degrees in 2010.
A number of NTC courses have already been accepted and included on the New Mexico Articulation Matrix while more courses continue to be submitted for acceptance every year as part of the college’s ongoing efforts to assist with the transferability of NTC general education credits to other New Mexico institutions of higher learning.
Other Outstanding Accomplishments
NTC was named one of the Aspen Institute’s top 120 community colleges in the country in recognition of such demonstrated institutional and community excellence.