Statement of Mission and Scope


To provide higher education, research, vocational and technical education and continuing education to the members of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation and others within the historical lands of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. As a 1994 land grant institution, SWC will preserve and extend Dakota culture, language, and history while contributing to economic development through the provision of human capital and other resources.

The principal purpose of the Sisseton Wahpeton College is to provide quality programs of formal instruction, meritorious research, and public service, through a collective effort by the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe and SWC staff and faculty, sufficient to support its underlying mission of instruction and other learning opportunities in meeting the diverse and changing needs of the individual, the tribal community, and the society at large. Specific objectives for these primary and support programs are set forth below.

Instruction - SWC shall provide instruction in undergraduate curricula through traditional, extended-day, distance learning, and other appropriate delivery systems in the liberal arts, sciences, business and professional disciplines resulting in an Associate of Arts degree and preparation for a baccalaureate education level and beyond.

SWC shall provide instruction in vocational/technical education resulting in certificates and Associate of Applied Science degrees to enhance the student's employability and provide the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe with a skilled, supporting workforce.

Research - SWC shall encourage and support those forms of research which support the institution's commitment to excellence in instruction and which support the current needs of the students, faculty, and community at large.

Public Service - SWC shall make available various resources and capabilities of the institution in public service activities to assist local tribal efforts to meet the needs of the tribal community or to assist in local problem solving in a manner consistent with the mission and purpose of the institution.

Support Programs - The further purpose of SWC is to provide support programs which effectively and efficiently fulfill and promote the primary mission and programs of the institution. Specific objectives for these support efforts are listed below.

1. SWC shall provide academic support through library materials and personnel, academic computing services, media services, graphics services, and ancillary services to assist faculty and students in instruction, research, and public service programs.

2. SWC shall provide student services to enhance individual development of true values in character, personality, and leadership by fostering and emphasizing moral, social, ethical, cultural, and spiritual standards within the academic community.

3. SWC shall provide institutional support through executive management, fiscal operations, general and logistical services, public relations and development which coordinate to effectively and efficiently fulfill and promote the mission of the institution.

4. SWC shall provide physical plant operations to maintain existing grounds and facilities, providing utility services and planning and designing future plant expansion and modification.

5. SWC shall provide expenditures for scholarships and grants-in-aid without discrimination to qualified students who demonstrate scholastic achievement.







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Physical Address: BIA Rd 700, Agency Village, SD 57262
Mailing Address: Agency Village Box 689, Sisseton SD 57262
Main Telephone: (605) 698.3966 Fax: (605) 698.3132