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CROWNPOINT, NEW MEXICO The Navajo Technical University has received word from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) that they may now begin offering the Navajo Nation first master’s degree in Diné Culture, Language, and Leadership.
“Our university is flourishing from day one.”
Exclaimed NavajoTech provost Tina Deschenie.
In addition to the Master of Arts degree, NavajoTech was also approved to begin offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and New Media, and an Associate of Science degree in Mathematics.
A Higher Learning Commission visiting team reviewed each degree program in May, but it wasn’t until the HLC’s Institutional Actions Council was able to convene at their national board meeting on September 24 that they were able to approve each program.
“For us to be a university we have to offer graduate-level degree programs,”
stated NavajoTech dean of academics, Dr. Casmir Agbaraji.
“In getting the approval for the master’s degree in Diné Culture, Language, and Leadership we solidify our university status and now we’re aiming to add more.”
The degrees are the first approved by the Higher Learning Commission since NavajoTech officially become a university. They add to an extended list of baccalaureate degrees currently offered at NavajoTech including: Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Science and Natural Resources and Industrial Engineering; Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computer Science, Digital Manufacturing, and New Media; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diné Culture, Language, and Leadership.
“All of these programs are about opening opportunities for our students. With our engineering and mathematics programs we expand the opportunities for students to get in the STEM fields, and with the creative writing degree we allow the opportunity for students to creatively share with the outside world the Navajo culture,”
Each program will be offered during the spring semester of 2014 and will open up more opportunities to NavajoTech students.
“How exciting and fitting that just a few months after Navajo Technical University was renamed, and just days after the main campus celebrated the transition, HLC has approved our first master’s degree, two more bachelor’s degrees, and a new associate degree,”
added provost Deschenie.
posted October 10, 2013 6:50 am edt