May 10, 2016

College of Menominee Nation


College of Menominee Nation

Address: N172 Hwy. 47/55, P.O. Box 1179, Keshena, WI 54135
(715) 799-5600 or 1-800-567-2344

Locations: Keshena and Green Bay, WI
Chartering Tribe: Menominee
President: Verna Fowler
Land Grant College: Yes

Enrollment: 560 (Fall 201)

Bachelor’s degree programs

  • Business Administration
  • Elementary Education/ Early Childhood
  • Public Administration

Associate degree programs

  • Accounting
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood
  • Liberal Studies/ Humanities
  • Liberal Studies/ Social Science
  • Material Science and Pre-Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Resources
  • Nursing
  • Public Administration
  • Sustainable Development

Non-degree programs/Certificates

  • Criminal Justice
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Microcomputer Specialist Certificate

Technical Diplomas

  • Electricity
  • Office Technician
  • Practical Nursing
  • Sustainable Residential Building Systems
  • Welding

In September 1992, the Menominee tribal legislature recruited Menominee tribal member Verna Fowler, Ph.D. to lead efforts to establish a college for the Menominee people and their neighbors. By January 1993, even before the tribal legislature could officially charter the school, College of Menominee Nation (CMN) offered its first four courses to 47 newly enrolled students. In March 1993, the tribe officially chartered the college, making it the second tribal college in Wisconsin.

CMN received its Land Grant Status in 1994, becoming one of only three such institutions in Wisconsin. In August 1998, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredited CMN. The HLC granted 10-year accreditation in 2003.

Twenty years after her initial recruitment to CMN, Dr. Verna Fowler remains the college’s president.

Located on the Menominee Indian Reservation, CMN’s main campus in Keshena, Wisconsin, provides a small-school environment in a rural reservation setting. CMN also serves a major urban center with its satellite campus in Green Bay, 50 miles to the southeast. The smaller Green Bay campus provides students living in Wisconsin’s third largest metropolitan area access to a tribal college education.

With campuses in two such different locations, educating distinct and diverse student populations, CMN serves not only 8,500 tribal members residing on the reservation, but also a significant number of Native students from other tribes and non-Native people as well.

As an institution of higher learning chartered by the Menominee Nation, the College of Menominee Nation infuses this education with American Indian culture, preparing students for leadership, careers and advanced studies in a multicultural world.

As a land grant institution, the college is committed to research, promoting, perpetuating and nurturing American Indian culture, and providing outreach workshops and community service.

Nearly 600 students enroll at CMN each year, with half pursuing their studies part-time and half full-time. Native American students make up 68 percent of the student body and represent dozens of tribal nations. About 30% are from tribes other than the Menominee Nation.

CMN employs 51 faculty and 108 staff members; 55 percent of staff and faculty identify as Native American. Of the 159 college employees, 56 have earned a master’s degree or higher and 16 have attained terminal degrees.

CMN offers programs for bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees in arts, science, and applied science; and certificate, and diploma programs in 24 areas of study.


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