Welcome to Comanche Nation College — Oklahoma’s first Tribal College!
Comanche Nation College (CNC) was established in 2002 to address the needs of students seeking excellence in higher education, combined with the traditions and customs of the Comanche Nation and other American Indian perspectives. We offer all students—Comanche, those from other Tribal Nations, and non-Native students—exceptionally high-quality and relevant higher educational opportunities that are Comanche-centered. Within our institution, this is reflected in the display of tribal culture, language, history and the core values of Relationship, Responsibility, Reciprocity, and Redistribution. These values guide us as the members of our faculty, staff and greater college family work together to provide every CNC student with the necessary knowledge, skills, and experiences to function successfully and productively in our multicultural society.
Currently, Comanche Nation College operates as an educational partner with other Oklahoma-based colleges and universities to provide Associate degree programs in Humanities, Natural Science and American Indian Studies. CNC is an Associate Member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and a Candidate for Accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Through a growing network of partnerships with tribal, local, state and federal agencies and grant-makers, CNC offers world-class educational programming that develops the mind, body and spirit necessary for our students to go forward to serve and lead their communities.
To ensure every one of our students is provided with exceptional student-centered and welcoming learning experiences in our classrooms and beyond, we offer an array of student engagement and retention programs, social activities, and cultural opportunities. We also maintain genuinely personalized support initiatives to guarantee that CNC students feel valued, significant and empowered. Among CNC’s many attributes are: a 1-to-3 faculty-to-student ratio; one-on-one tutoring availability; Indigenous faculty; a thriving first-year student empowerment program; clear pathways to enrollment, degree-receipt and transfer; student-centered advising; and an active and enriching student government association.
Comanche Nation College is deeply committed to the overall development and empowerment of our students. We actively facilitate the cultural and social growth of our students and we encourage them to develop and maintain strong connections to their communities. I am confident that when you visit CNC, you will appreciate our open access and our culturally rich, student-centered environment—where our students are encouraged to develop and realize their educational and career goals within an inclusive atmosphere.
On behalf of the greater Comanche Nation College community, I welcome you and thank you for entrusting CNC to guide and teach as you strive in the achievement of both academic and greater life goals. At Comanche Nation College, Knowledge plus Culture equals Success — Come Study with Us!
Rafe Edward Trickey, Jr., Ed.D.
Comanche Nation College
1608 SW 9th Street
Lawton, OK 73501
Comanche Nation College
Candidate with the Higher Learning Commission and an affiliate of the North Central Association
Comanche Nation College (CNC) is pleased to announce that we are in the “Initial Candidacy” status through the North Central Association – Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC), which is a regional and national accrediting agency. It requires rigorous documentation and is a process that is continuously evolving and improvement challenge.
Requirements: A visiting team of peer reviewers determines whether the institution meets all the Eligibility Requirements, Minimum Expectations, and Criteria for Accreditation and whether it has the capacity to meet the Criteria fully within the two to four years, the anticipated duration for Candidate status. The recommendation of the visiting team enters the decision process. Under new guidelines, the accreditation process has changed and colleges will have to respond to new questions to show accountability and integrity.
Some people may not understand exactly what accreditation means or the process that the Comanche Nation College has agreed to pursue – CNC wishes to be transparent with our students, community, and all our stakeholders; therefore, the most commonly addressed questions of CNC will be answered here. If we have not answered your question, you are certainly welcomed to contact us at (580) 591-0203.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my CNC Credits transfer to other colleges and universities?
Yes, if your selected college or university accepts Humanities, Natural Sciences or American Indian Studies (AIS) credits. The University of Oklahoma, the University of Science and Arts, and Northeastern State University all accept AIS or Native American Studies (NAS) coursework; however, not all colleges or universities offer American Indian Studies or Native American Studies and may not accept your AIS credits.
I just want to take CNC courses, can I do that?
Yes, students may choose to attend CNC only. Credits are transcripted and General Education and other lower-division courses are fully transferable.
Mission and Purpose
The mission of the Comanche Nation College (CNC) is to provide educational opportunities in higher education combined with the traditions and customs of the Comanche Nation and other American Indian Perspectives. The Comanche Nation College provides students with a high quality and relevant education that is Comanche centered, based on the tribal culture, language, history and core values (Relationship, Responsibility, Reciprocity and Redistribution) that will provide all students with the necessary knowledge, skills and experiences to function successfully in a multicultural society.
- To provide a lower division program of higher education with an American Indian cultural base in traditional and non-traditional students in Southwestern Oklahoma.
- To provide a general education that enables students to become informed responsible citizens.
- To provide programs of education in arts and sciences leading to an Associate’s degree through campus-based and online distance learning.
- To provide career and technical programs to enable students to seek employment in various job fields, with completion of such programs culminating in the awarding of the Associate in Applied Science degree or an appropriate certificate.
- To provide transfer programs, which include liberal arts, sciences, and pre- and para-professional subjects, thus enabling students to pursue completion of baccalaureate or professional degrees at four-year Colleges and universities.
- To provide developmental courses, services, and programs in remedial education for individuals who require such assistance to function effectively at the College level.
- To provide guidance services and programs of student activities for the promotion of personal development and tribal cultural awareness.
The 4 R’s
RELATIONSHIP RESPONSIBILITY RECIPROCITY REDISTRIBUTION
To set its standards for its accountability, Comanche Nation College integrates criterion components with those of the institution as it relates to infrastructure, resources, student learning and teaching, and campus climate, and stakeholders to the Core Values.
Relationship — In kinship obligations, we are all related, not only to each other, but to all things, animals, plants, rocks; in fact to the very energy of which stars are made. In further understanding this core value, it provides a foundation that prepares one for life as a community tribal citizen who is capable of making informed choices of one’s own tribal values and goals.
In responding to this core value, Comanche Nation College provides the environment necessary to broaden the student perspective, making it possible to impact the personal relationships, while impacting the relationships to others.
CNC has structured “Criterion Three: Student Learning and Effective Teaching” accreditation standard to measure the effectiveness of the organization’s ability to provide student learning.
Responsibility — The community obligation rests on the understanding that we have a responsibility to care for all our relatives; as we are all related to each other. To further understand this core value, one must acquire respectful and responsible sensitivity to the consequences of one’s life and conduct toward others, as each impact the natural and social environment.
In responding to this core value, Comanche Nation College provides the environment necessary to build positive relationships and in a social milieu that encourages the development of a caring and responsible individual.
CNC has structured “Criterion One: Mission & Integrity” accreditation standards insuring that the organization operates with integrity to ensure the fulfillment of its mission through structures and processes that involve the board, administration, faculty, staff, and students.
Reciprocity — In the cyclical obligation, all things are circular; the cycle of seasons, the cycle of life, as well as the dynamics between any two entities in a relationship. In this core values, it prepares one, cyclically, to be a responsible and informed tribal citizenship and yet, function within a larger global society. In further understanding this core value, it requires an understanding of the circle of life, the relationship, and the connectivity.
In responding to this core value, Comanche Nation College strives to develop the skills that support the ability to communicate one’s views effectively and persuasively to others. This builds and impacts skills, such as in political perspectives, and fosters the ability for one to make informed, respectful, and rational choices among alternatives, in a cyclical process.
CNC has structured “Criterion Two: Preparing for the Future” accreditation standard for determining the organization’s allocation of resources and its processes for evaluation and assessment.
Redistribution — In the sharing obligation, its primary purpose is to balance and rebalance relationships. The Comanche society has many ways of redistributing materials and social goods. In further understanding this core value, one must respect the balance and harmony in the diverse relationships encountered in the tribal community and society, impacting the economy through the redistribution process of one’s positive contributions.
In responding to this core value, Comanche Nation College provides an environment in which the individual can grow in self-esteem to become successful through studies and education, and in the understanding of the personal and global cycle; redistribute knowledge, experience, and success both personally and financially, in the circle of reciprocity, to others.
In summary, CNC has structured “Criterion Five: Engagement & Service” accreditation standard that embraces the College’s Core Values (Responsibility, Relationship, Reciprocity, and Redistribution) to accomplish its mission, identifying its constituencies, and serving them in ways they both value.
The foundation for teaching, learning, research and all educational activities of the ComancheNation College is based on the concept and philosophy of a Comanche-Centered Education.The College recognizes the strength in the Comanche culture and language. Therefore, they are the foundation for teaching and learning at Comanche Nation College. The programs of the college integrate both traditional and non-traditional knowledge and have a culturally responsive connection to the American Indian communities and others. This philosophy impacts policies and promotes the environment to establish and guide the institution in support of the College as it strives to meet its vision, core values, and mission and purpose statements.
RELATIONSHIP RESPONSIBILITY RECIPROCITY REDISTRIBUTION