Published on November 20, 2012 by Amy
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) is a Bureau of Indian Affairs community college located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Institute lost its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission in July 2010. The Institute is currently in candidacy status with The Higher Learning Commission as of August 1, 2010.
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The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute was conceived by the All Indian Pueblo Council, who envisioned a post-secondary school that could serve the Native American Community. Collective efforts with tribal leaders, public officials, and interested citizens, resulted in the school’s founding in 1971; Dedication ceremonies were held on August 21, 1971, and September 16, 1971, was the first day of classes. It operated initially on an “open-entry, open-exit system” of individualized training.
In 1974, however, SIPI was awarded a citation for Excellence of Service, and by 1975, SIPI received accreditation status at the Certificate Level by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.