Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque NM.jpg
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Type Polytechnic Institute community college
Established 1971
Affiliation Bureau of Indian Affairs
President Dr. Sherry Allison
Undergraduates 488[1]
Postgraduates 0
Other students
9169 Coors Blvd. NW
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico, New Mexico, United States 87120
Campus urban/suburban reserve

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) is a federally operated[2] Bureau of Indian Affairs community college located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SIPI is funded through the Bureau of Indian Education, an agency within the U. S. Department of the Interior. Today, more than 120 different Indian Tribes are represented in SIPI’s student body.[3]


SIPI is located on approximately 164 acres in northwest Albuquerque, New Mexico. SIPI is located in the center of New Mexico’s agricultural and high-tech corridors (Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, and Intel Corporation), major universities and the largest technical force within a 500-mile radius. SIPI's state-of the-art Science and Technology Center includes 12 research and teaching laboratories, 10 classrooms, two distance learning rooms, a 500-seat auditorium, faculty offices and conference rooms.[4]


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, SIPI was awarded a citation for Excellence of Service. By 1975, SIPI was accredited at the Certificate Level by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[5]

In 1994, SIPI was designated as a land grant institution, making it eligible for certain federal programs and part of a larger consortium of institutions.


SIPI has agreements with the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and New Mexico Highlands University to ensure better recruitment, transfer, and retention rates for Native Americans so that students may easily transfer to four-year programs and graduate work. The College has also established agreements with regional public institutions outside of New Mexico.[6]

SIPI is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), which is a community of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations. SIPI was created to serve higher education needs of American Indians. SIPI generally serves geographically isolated populations who do not have ready access to higher education.[7]

The Institute lost its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission in July 2010.[8] On March 12, 2014 SIPI was awarded "Initial Accreditation" by the Higher Learning Commission.[9]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°10′29″N 106°39′57″W / 35.1747°N 106.6658°W / 35.1747; -106.6658