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Sheldon Jackson College

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Established 1878
President Rev. Dr. David Dobler
Faculty 17
Staff 18
Students 250
Location Sitka, AK,, USA
Address 801 Lincoln Street
Sitka, AK 99835
Campus Rural
Website www.sheldonjackson.edu

Sheldon Jackson College (SJC) is a small private college located on Baranof Island in Sitka, Alaska, United States. Founded in 1878, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in Alaska and maintains a historic relationship with the Presbyterian Church. Named in honor of Rev. Sheldon Jackson, an early missionary and educational leader in Alaska, the school is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... Nickname: First City of Alaska Coordinates: Borough City and Borough of Sitka Founded 1799 Incorporated December 2, 1971 Mayor Marko Dapcevich Area    - City 12,461. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... A private university is a university that is run without the control of any government entity. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Baranof Island, also sometimes called Baranov Island or Sitka Island, is an island in the Alexander Archipelago in the Alaska Panhandle, in Alaska. ... Nickname: First City of Alaska Coordinates: Borough City and Borough of Sitka Founded 1799 Incorporated December 2, 1971 Mayor Marko Dapcevich Area    - City 12,461. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... Emblem of the PC(USA) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or PC(USA) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States. ... Sheldon Jackson was an early missionary and political leader in Alaska during the late 1880s and early 1900s. ... Two Mormon missionaries A missionary is traditionally defined as a propagator of religion who works to convert those outside that community; someone who proselytizes. ... The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest...

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History

Similar to the Carlisle Indian School, SJC was initially formed as a "training" school for Alaska Natives. The school was founded in 1878 by Fannie Kellogg and future Governor of Alaska John G. Brady for the Tlingit people. Initially known as the Sitka Industrial and Training School, it nearly closed in 1882 after its original facility, located over a military barracks, burned down. The Presbyterian missionary Sheldon Jackson came to the rescue of the school, raising funds through a national campaign, leading to the construction of a new building on the site of the present campus. In 1910, after Rev. Jackson died, the school was renamed in his honor. Native American pupils at Carlisle Indian School, c. ... Alaska Natives are indigenous peoples who live in what is now the U.S. state of Alaska. ... This is a list of the governors of the U.S. state of Alaska, of the Territory of Alaska and of the District of Alaska, and the military commanders of the Department of Alaska, as well as the governors of Russian America. ... John Green Brady was the Governor of the Alaska Territory from 1897-1906 John Green Brady (May 26, 1847–December 17, 1918) was an American politician who was the Governor of the District of Alaska from 1897 to 1906, when he was forced to resign. ... A Tlingit totem pole in Ketchikan ca. ...


SJC added a boarding high school in 1917, and a college program in 1944. The college program gained accreditation in 1966 and the high school was closed the following year. In 1972, the school was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[1] Alaska Natives still make up over 25% of the student population. A boarding school is a usually fee-paying school where some or all pupils not only study, but also live during term time, with their fellow students and possibly teachers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...


The school's accreditation is currently under review by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and State of Alaska, a process that happens nationally with colleges and universities. About this process, President David Dobler said, "SJC’s current authorization to operate as an Alaska postsecondary institution has been extended until July 2006, and SJC, at that time, will be required to provide the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) with documentation of financial and administrative capacity in order for authorization to be renewed."[2] Similarly, the college is under a "show cause" order from the Northwest Commission and must "show cause" why its regional accreditation should not be revoked.


Sheldon Jackson College has a history of financial and retention issues. Due to extremely high turnover rates and poor financial management, the college has been forced to sell historic land and take out extensive loans just to cover expenses. Additionally, the college came under fire in the Fall of 2004 when a financial aid advisor they had hired misrepresented and over-awarded financial aid to nearly all students resulting in tens of thousands of dollars of debt owed to the college, by students.


On June 29, 2007 all academic operations were suspended and all faculty and staff were dismissed due to cash flow shortages. The Board of Trustees gathered together all staff and informed them that June 29th would be their last day of employment. They were also informed all health insurance benefits ceased to exist as of that moment.


On July 17, 2007 the Alaska Commission on Post-secondary Education (ACPE) announced the cancellation of Sheldon Jackson College's authorization to operate a college in Alaska. The College is appealing the Commission decision.


As of July 10th, there still has been no written notification to students regarding the closure of the college.


Campus institutions

The school's library is Stratton Library and the noted Sheldon Jackson Museum also sits on college grounds. Stratton Library is an academic library at Sheldon Jackson College. ... Sheldon Jackson Museum is a museum located on the campus of Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska. ...


Notes

  1. ^ http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/AK/Sitka/state.html
  2. ^ http://www.sheldonjackson.edu/content/view/77/104/

External links

  • Official website

  Results from FactBites:
 
Sheldon Jackson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (384 words)
Sheldon Jackson (1834–1909) was a Presbyterian missionary in the western United States in the 19th century.
Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska is named after him.
Also, the Sheldon Jackson Museum, located on the Sheldon Jacson College grounds, is the oldest concrete building in the state, and houses much of Sheldon Jackson's collection as well as other examples of Tlingit, Inuit, and Aleut culture.
Sheldon Jackson College - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (387 words)
Sheldon Jackson College (SJC) is a small private college located on Baranof Island in Sitka, Alaska, United States.
Named in honor of Rev. Sheldon Jackson, an early missionary and educational leader in Alaska, the school is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
The Presbyterian missionary Sheldon Jackson came to the rescue of the school, raising funds through a national campaign, leading to the construction of a new building on the site of the present campus.
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