Cmn frequently asked questions

COLLEGE OF THE MUSCOGEE NATION
   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where is the tribal college located?
Where is the College located? The tribal college moved into its new building at 2170 Raven Circle on December 2010 and are now offering classes on campus. We are located north of OSUIT and adjacent to the Green Country Technology Center. 

Does the tribal college have financial aid?
CMN has applied to participate in the Federal Student Aid programs and has been determined by the Secretary of Education that the College of the Muscogee Nation satisfies the definition of an eligible institution under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). CMN and OSUIT are developing cohorts of students to transition Title IV responsibility from OSUIT to CMN. If a student is/becomes part of that cohort, CMN will contact that student regarding CMN’s school code.

All degree-seeking students enrolled at CMN are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is processed by OSUIT for dually-enrolled students. The College of the Muscogee Nation Scholarship and/or Tuition Waiver/Grant is processed by CMN. You can complete your FAFSA by going to the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov . The priority filing deadline is March 1, and OSUIT’s school code is 003172.

CMN Scholarship (for documented members of the Muscogee Creek Nation) and/or Tuition Waiver Applications (for American Indian students who are enrolled in Federally- recognized tribes) are available both online and in the CMN application packet. An application packet is given to prospective students when they meet with an advisor or representative of the College of the Muscogee Nation.

For more information please view the CMN Consumer Information guide located at www.mvsktc.org and the CMN Scholarship Resource Guide located at http://www.mvsktc.org/studentservices_financialaid.html

When and where are classes offered?
Classes are scheduled both during the day and in the evening after 5:00 PM. Most classes meet once or twice a week for either 1 ½ to 3 hours. The majority of classes are offered in Okmulgee; however, depending on the demand from tribal communities, classes may be offered at other sites. Previously we have offered classes in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Hanna and Muskogee and plan to offer classes at other community sites as well. 

Does the tribal college have residence halls (dorms) for students?
Yes. Students must be enrolled full-time and meet the HUD resident requirements which may be obtained from the CMN Dean of Student Affairs. However, if the student is dually enrolled at OSUIT, the student may be eligible for housing at the OSUIT residence units.

What kind of education will be offered, degrees and classes?
Associate degrees that require approximately 60-68 college hours and 2-3 years of study will be awarded.  Associate degrees are offered in Gaming, Tribal Services, Police Science, and  Native American Studies with an emphasis in the Mvskoke Language or Mvskoke Studies. In addition to general education subjects and degree related courses, classes are offered in the Mvskoke language, Native American History, Tribal Government, Indian Land Issues and  learning opportunities not offered at other institutions.

Will the College of the Muscogee Nation course credits that I receive be transferable to other colleges?
Yes, the courses will transfer to other colleges if the student is dually enrolled with OSUIT. The College of the Muscogee Nation has entered into an agreement with OSUIT to transcript our courses. CMN courses will transfer to any institution where OSU courses are accepted.

What are important considerations when enrolling in the College of the Muscogee Nation?

  1. Relevance; CMN has specially designed degree programs, courses, curriculum and schedules to fit our students’ needs.
  2. Retention; we focus on keeping Creek students enrolled. In other institutions of higher education, the Native American students drop-out rate  is significantly higher. 
  3. Graduation rates; increased retention is correlated with higher graduation rates.
  4. Ownership; Native American students are welcomed to campus. At state and private institutions, in the vast number of students, the needs of Native American students may often be overlooked.
  5. Socialization; Native American students will be, for the first time, a majority and have opportunities to interact frequently with others of similar interests and backgrounds.
  6. Accessibility; Native American students who prefer not to attend institutions miles away from home may now choose to attend our CMN campus that is convenient and familiar.
  7. Cultural; Native American values will be the basis for the campus as well as for academics, activities, and student organizations. Students may participate in our Native American Student Association.            

Are there other tribal colleges in Oklahoma?
The Comanche Nation is developing a tribal college in Lawton. Two other tribes, the Cheyenne- Arapaho and Pawnee Nation are developing institutions of higher education as well. Nationwide, there are 33 tribal colleges.

What difference will a College make to us and our citizens?
Our regular curriculum has been established by tribal members that stress priorities for a tribal and global society. In addition, our curriculum reflects sensitivity to tribal values, culture, traditions, language and lifestyles.
We have set our own educational priorities to meet tribal, Creek chartered community, and individual tribal citizen preferences and needs. For example, the Mvskoke language is emphasized in our coursework, along with such courses as  Tribal Government  and Indian Land Issues. The possibilities are limitless and potential is great.

How many students are enrolled in the tribal college?
For the spring semester 2010 class enrollment was 491 students. We have set a class enrollment goal of 550 students for 2010. A needs assessment survey revealed that a majority of Muscogee citizens were interested in attending the tribal college. Of 386 tribal citizens from the 8 districts, 86% of those were interested in attending college responded that they would attend a tribal college.
When asked if they had others in their family who were interested in attending a tribal college 25% of the survey sample responded yes. We believe the survey data verifies a significant student pool to meet our enrollment goal.

 

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