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                                                                           BOT 03-28-13, 06-11-15
                            DEGREE PROGRAMS (POLICY)

A. Approval of Degree Programs

   1.	Degree programs are sponsored by Oglala Lakota College upon approval by its 
        Board of Trustees.  Approval shall include degree objectives, total credit hours, 
        alternate emphasis areas, individual course titles, number by department, credit 
        hours, prerequisites, allowable substitutions and status as required or elective.

   2.	If co-sponsored by an affiliated institution, approval of the like elements in the degree 
        program must be given and fixed as part of the inter-institutional agreement.

   3.	No changes shall be made in degree programs without official action by the Oglala 
        Lakota College Board of Trustees and the affiliated institution if any.

   4.	All degrees shall include the General Requirements of the college unless specifically 
        exempted by the Board of Trustees.

   5.	Presentation of a new degree program to the Board of Trustees shall also address 
        tribal needs, employment prospects for graduates, number of likely students, location 
        of classes, staff and other resources required, and transferability of credit into similar 
        programs at other institutions.  

   6.	OLC has eleven General Education outcomes. The general education program 
        encourages students to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be 
        successful in their degree programs. The learning outcomes are grouped into six 
        areas under Wolakolkiciyapi: written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, 
        critical thinking, technology, disposition, and diversity. All degree programs will be 
        aligned with these outcomes.

B.  Degree Policy

   1.	Any student taking courses at OLC will be entitled to complete the A.A. degree of 
        their choice.

   2.	Any student that has completed one half of all general requirements of an A.A. 
        degree will be assigned an OLC faculty advisor.  

   C.   OLC will conform to the following program lengths for Certificates, Associates, 
        Bachelors and Masters Degrees.

        a. Certificates (30 Credits)
           Certificate courses are entry level courses that offer an introduction to a 
           field of study as well as entry level General Education courses. Courses 
           offered in a certificate program are transferable to an AA or AAS degree.

        b. Associate of Applied Science (60 to 69 Credits) 
           The AAS degree is a terminal degree that prepares students to enter the 
           workforce. Courses consist of hands on technical training and problem 
           solving. Upon completion of this degree students will have obtained both 
           technical and critical thinking skills.
        c. Associate of Arts – (60 to 69 Credits) 
           The AA degree consists of General Education courses and entry level 
           professional courses. These courses are usually 100 and 200 level courses and 
           are transferable to a bachelors degree.
        d. Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science(B.S.)  – 120 credits minimum 

           Includes levels 100-400, which require both current levels of performance by 
           students appropriate to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees. 

           OLC distinguishes between characteristics of the varying learning goals between 
           associates and undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree programs.  OLC determined 
           that good quality learning goals exhibit uniformity between the various campuses, 
           distance delivery and the main campus, without disturbing the flow of excellence 
           between campus sites.   

           The lower level division courses generally focus on foundational theories, 
           concepts, perspectives, principles, methodologies and procedures of critical 
           thinking in order to provide a foundational experience of the liberal arts education 
           and studies, by enriching ideas, values, depth and breadth of enrichment and 
           general knowledge.  

           There are approximately four general purposes 
           1) One of four general purposes: arts, humanities, social sciences, and 
           natural sciences, and to acquaint students with the initial and advanced 
           proficiencies of critical thinking, information gathering, research, reading, 
           writing, language and culture. 
           2)  Numeracy and sciences prepares students for continuing work in any field 
           of higher education.  
           3) To develop defined occupational skills designed to lead directly to division 
           coursework and to begin and continue development and proficiency of 
           analytical thinking skills.  
           4) The upper division classes often build the continuum, without interfering 
           with language, culture, and traditions, of the Lakota concepts.  They require 
           faculty members with specialized preparation and knowledge, having strong 
           liberal arts backgrounds.  

        e. Masters – 36 graduate credits beyond Bachelor’s degree.
           The  Master of Arts courses consist of the 500-600 level courses.  Students are 
           required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours.  The graduate program 
           utilizes the Four Directional Model, which is grounded in the Lakota World View.  
           Courses focus on expanding intellectual application, independence in reading 
           and research, and teaching students to use critical thinking skills in decision 
           making.  In addition, students develop the ability to design and implement 
           change through strategic planning.

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