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NDSU, Sisseton Wahpeton College presidents sign agreement to better serve American Indian students

The agreement will allow American Indian students from Sisseton Wahpeton College to earn a four-year degree in emergency management, criminal justice, sociology or political science at North Dakota State University.

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Sisseton Wahpeton College President Lane Azure, left, and North Dakota State University President David Cook shake hands on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, after signing an agreement aimed at increasing opportunities for American Indian students to receive a four-year degree.
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FARGO — The presidents of North Dakota State University in Fargo and Sisseton Wahpeton College in Sisseton, South Dakota, have an agreement designed to strengthen the opportunity for American Indian students to earn a four-year degree.

The agreement, signed by NDSU President David Cook and SWC President Lane Azure on Wednesday, Nov. 30, creates a social science career pathway between the two schools.

It will allow American Indian students from SWC to earn a four-year degree in emergency management, criminal justice, sociology or political science at NDSU.

"Our goal is to provide a high quality, low cost education and cultural experience with the intention of having students graduate with little to no debt,” Azure said.

Under the agreement, SWC students who receive their two-year behavioral science associate degree, meet criteria for the major and submit an application will be accepted without further review.

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The two institutions will work collaboratively to make the new opportunity known to students who may be eligible, an NDSU news release said.

Cook said, as a land-grant institution, NDSU is always looking for ways to make education more accessible.

“This agreement provides opportunity and access for American Indian students to easily transfer to NDSU and continue their learning in social sciences to earn a bachelor’s degree,” Cook said.

The agreement will benefit students and both institutions by establishing a new pathway to two-year and four-year degrees, the release said.

Huebner is a 35+ year veteran of broadcast and print journalism in Fargo-Moorhead.
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