Bacone College

aka Bacone College   |   Muskogee, OK   |  www.bacone.edu

Mission

As a historic American Indian serving institution, Bacone College provides a quality holistic liberal arts educational experience for students in a culturally diverse environment, empowering life-long learners with the knowledge, skills, and capacity to be transformational leaders in both Native and non-Native communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

Bacone College is working toward becoming a TCU under the Bureau of Indian Education with the help and guidance of our five chartering tribes: United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Osage Nation, Otoe-Missouri Tribe, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, and the Kiowa Tribe. For more than 141 years, this college has served American Indians (Native Americans) of all ages. From 1880 through 1946, Bacone College was also a theology boarding school for elementary and junior high/high school students in addition to a college. Originally named Indian University, the school was founded by Christian Missionaries. Today Bacone College seeks to restore the original mission to educate American Indians, but not as a school only for Christians. Instead, Bacone College opens its doors to people of all faiths, cultures, and spirituality, while continuing to offer opportunities to students to explore and engage in their own beliefs and ceremonies.

Ruling year info

1955

President

Dr. Ferlin Clark

Main address

2299 Old Bacone Road

Muskogee, OK 74403-1568 USA

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EIN

73-0590036

NTEE code info

(Community/Junior College) (B41)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School of Indian Art

This degree prepares students for transfer to a four-year university, college art program or art institute. Students completing this degree will have an introductory foundation for the field of Art through the study of art history and studio art and will acquire comprehensive preparation for academic transfer. This is a 60 hour Associate program focusing on the technical abilities and prepares each student for success at the next level.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Accreditations

Higher Learning Commission 1965

Affiliations & memberships

Kiowa Tribe 2020

Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes 2020

Otoe-Missouria Tribe 2020

Osage Nation 2020

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of first-entry undergraduate program students who identify themselves as 'visible minorities'or 'non-white'

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Of the 100 first-time freshman currently enrolled for Fall 2021, 67 of them identify as "non-white."

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Bacone College has served American Indians from all across North American since 1880. The College is chartered by five American Indian tribes: The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Osage Nation, Kiowa Tribe, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, and Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. The current student body is more than 80 percent minority and more than 60 percent Native American, representing more than 29 tribes and 16 states. The College cultural and spiritual mission is to allow these students to explore their tribal heritage, culture, history, and language, and help to preserve and pass these important legacies on to the next generation into perpetuity for all tribes.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Because of recent feedback, Bacone now has an on-campus food pantry, additional study spaces around campus, and increased access to desktop computers for students to utilize for class work.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bacone College

Board of directors
as of 11/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Quinton Roman Nose

Tribal Education Department National Assembly

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. Richard West

CEO/President Autry Museum

Term: 2019 - 2021

Joe Bunch

United Keetoowah Band Chief

Joseph Garcia

Ohkay Owingeh Head Councilman

Matthew Komalty

Kiowa Tribal Chairman

Dr. Lahoma Schultz

Muscogee Creek

John Shotton

Otoe Missouria Tribal Chairman

Geoffrey Standing Bear

Osage Principal Chief

Neely Tsoodle

Kiowa Tribal Public Relations

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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