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( May 18, 1998)
SDSM& T TO HOST ALL NATIONS ALLIANCE FOR MINORITY PARTICIPATION ENGINEERING ARTICULATION SUMMIT MAY 19- 20
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) will host the All Nations Alliance for Minority Participation ( ANAMP) Engineering Articulation Summit May 19 - 20, 1998, in Rapid City. The major goal of ANAMP, which is under the direction of Salish Kootenai College and is funded by the National Science Foundation, is to double the number of American Indians graduating with bachelor’s degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and technology in the nine- state area by the year 1999.
Of the more than 65,000 students graduating as engineers each year, less than 200 are American Indians. Officials from fifteen tribal and non- tribal colleges and universities from seven states are scheduled to participate in the summit and will work on developing pilot projects to help increase the numbers of American Indian students graduating as engineers. The development of articulation models can help meet that objective by making it easier for tribal college courses to transfer to engineering degree programs at other universities.
Engineering students traditionally have entered their discipline within colleges of engineering. However, an increasing number of students are entering higher education through the emerging network of tribal colleges, many of whom have or are considering pre- engineering programs. Those students would benefit if tribal college courses of study could better articulate to fulfill the requirements for engineering degree programs.
“ We at South Dakota Tech are very excited about this summit and look forward to the continued development of partnerships with our colleagues at tribal colleges,” said Dr. Richard Gowen, SDSM& T President. “ American Indian students are the true beneficiaries of these agreements, because they can begin their education at tribal colleges knowing that their credits will transfer to institutions with engineering degree programs.”
In addition to this agreement and a similar one signed recently with Chadron State College, SDSM& T officials are in the process of establishing other Memorandums of Understanding with other Tribal colleges and South Dakota universities.
In addition to SDSM& T, institutions scheduled to participate in the ANAMP Summit include Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten ND; Cheyenne River Community College, Eagle Butte SD; Fort Peck Community College, Poplar MT; Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste Marie MI; Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake MN; North Dakota State University, Fargo ND; Salish Kootenai College, Pablo MT; Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates ND; South Dakota State University; Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt ND; University of Minnesota- Duluth, Duluth MN; University of Washington, Seattle; and Wayne State College, Wayne NE.
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