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Student Learning Outcomes  


In our goal to help students and community grow in individual and native sovereignty and provide an environment which nurtures learning and growth, NICC has established the following educational outcomes:

  1. Students will grow in Native culture.
  2. Students will effectively communicate.
    • Through listening, as well as written and oral speaking skills
    • In English and Native Language
    • Reflecting appropriate Native values
  3. Students will apply critical, analytical, and creative thinking skills.
    • in both academic and community environments
  4. Students will practice research and investigative skills, exploring diverse topics.
    • Through cooperative and individual endeavors
    • Utilizing technology appropriately
    • Respectfully utilizing community and global resources.
  5. Through learned time management skills, students will develop and practice balance.
    • In careers and academics
    • Within our circle of life
All the above outcomes work to help our students make their own choices, determining their path in life.

General Education Core Course 

The Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and the Associate of Applied Science degree programs have general education requirements that provide opportunities for students to practice skills needed to attain our Student Learning Outcomes and develop in these areas. The core course requirements are provided here. Students must pass a given course with a D or better in order for it to count as a core requirement.

NOTE: No general education core course can be simultaneously used for a required course in the major concentration area of study, unless specified in the degree requirements. HPR activity courses are one-credit courses that meet a minimum of two hors per session.

Developmental Education Courses

Developmental education courses are designed to help students prepare academically. The College's developmental program is important to the students who need to develop or upgrade certain skills required to succeed in the certificate or degree program of their choice. Recommendations to take developmental courses are based on academic skill assessment, past academic performance, and/or the expressed needs of the student. All first-time students intending to enroll in a degree program are required to take a placement test to determine their basic skills level. Those students who fall below an established competency level in any one of the following: English, mathematics or keyboarding fundamentals, will be required to take the appropriate developmental classes. Students completing the developmental classes will then be given a post-test to determine if they are prepared to take college- level classes. It is the intent of NICC to prepare students to succeed in their college level coursework. (Entering students who submit a composite ACT test score of 18 or better or an SAT composite score of 830 will be exempt from taking these placement tests.)

Transitional Courses

The transitional courses at NICC are designed to facilitate an easier transition to NICC, and from this institution into a four-year institution or the work force. Every new student who enrolls at the institution is required to complete SSS 100 College Survival during his or her first semester.