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College Adds New Bachelor's Degrees in Business and Public Administration


KESHENA, WI - The College of Menominee Nation has received approval to add two new degree programs to its academic offering. The majors – a Bachelor of Science  in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration – were accepted in late May by the College’s accrediting agency as meeting curriculum and other standards. Students may enroll in the programs with the 2013 Spring Semester, which begins January 22 at the College.


Historically, the College has offered students a number of associate degree programs and technical diplomas. In early 2009, it introduced its first baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, a teacher education program recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


The ability to award additional four-year degrees is a major step for the tribal college, says CMN President Verna Fowler. “Our faculty and our students have been urging the College to make this move for some time, and the waiting list of students for these two programs suggests that they will be off to a good start.”


Dr. Fowler notes that the College’s two-year Associate Degree in Business Administration has consistently been among the most popular major, and business graduates account for nearly 20% of all of the College’s alumni. A two-year degree in Public Administration was added to the College’s curriculum in 2008. The Associate Degree programs in both Business and Public Administration will continue to be offered. These will provide students with an educational ladder on which all credits earned in the two-year programs will be applicable to completion of the baccalaureate for students who choose to continue.


“It is a model we use in other programs,” Fowler notes. “It gives our students great flexibility in being able to complete their studies in manageable blocks. If they wish, they can seek entry-level employment immediately after earning the Associate credential, but they are assured that they can easily continue or return later for the Bachelor’s Degree without a loss of credits.”


The 120-credit Business Administration Degree from CMN will present the basic knowledge and problem-solving and critical thinking skills common to most business programs but also address the opportunities and challenges of indigenous communities, tribal enterprises and minority entrepreneurs. Public Administration, a 121-credit major, is designed to prepare graduates for employment in non-profit and community organizations and other public sector settings. A total of 11 faculty and adjunct faculty members will deliver courses on both campuses and in a weekend-only component designed to accommodate working students.


Approval of the programs was granted by the Higher Learning Commission of the Northcentral Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting agency that reviews all colleges and universities in the upper Midwest.


Students interested in the Bachelor’s Degree programs, or any courses of study at CMN, should apply for admission before the January 4 deadline. Spring semester classes begin on January 22 on on both the Keshena campus, N172 State Highway 47/55, and the Green Bay metro area campus, 2733 S. Ridge Road, Green Bay.