NHSC in New Town launches new flexible course options

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town recently received approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer courses via distance education in addition to the college’s in-person learning model, according to information provided by the college. When COVID-19 hit, colleges around the country shifted to virtual and hybrid learning models. This included asynchronous learning, which allows students to access lectures, learning materials and submit assignments online without the need to attend class at a set time. Prior to the pandemic, NHSC was approved for in-person classes, in addition to a limited number of distance education courses.

Since the HLC approval, NHSC has been preparing asynchronous learning options for the spring 2022 curriculum. Three courses scheduled include “The History of Three Affiliated Tribes,” “Ethnobotany,” and “Elementary Statics.” The fall 2022 semester is slated to add core requirement classes, such as science, English and math, to the asynchronous line-up.

“We’re incredibly excited to offer asynchronous courses along with our in-person and hybrid courses. There is no longer a “traditional” student, so we are continually working to meet the needs of today’s learners. These expanded offerings also allow us to reach beyond the borders of our reservation to offer opportunities to Native and non-Native students. Students who can’t travel to campus now have the chance to begin their academic journey from wherever they have access to a computer and internet service,” said NHSC Vice President Robert “BJ” Rainbow.

Spring semester registration has already closed, but summer and fall 2022 registration is open. Those interested can register online at nhsc.edu or call 701-627-4738.

Located in New Town, ND, NHSC offers in-demand certificate programs and associate degrees as well as three bachelor’s degrees. NHSC is the only Tribal College/University (TCU) that offers equine studies and sustainable energy technologies programs, according to the college. NHSC has a world-renowned Native American Studies program that covers three Native languages. Most NHSC students are members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations, or Three Affiliated Tribes, and reside on the Fort Berthold reservation, but the program is open to anyone.


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