DinC) College Mission Statement : DinC) College is a public institution of higher education chartered by the Navajo Nation. The mission of DinC) College is to apply the Sa'ah NaaghC!C- Bik'eh HC3zhC3C3n principles to advance quality student learning: Through NitsC!hC!kees (Thinking), NahatC! (Planning, IinC! (Living) and Sihasin (Assurance). In study of the DinC) language, history and culture. In preparation for further studies and employment in a multi-cultural and technological world. In fostering social responsibility, community service and scholarly research that contribute to the social, economic and cultural well being of the Navajo Nation. Activities to Implement the Mission : Two-year transfer programs. DinC) Studies. Developmental Studies. Research projects and consultant services. On-site outreach programs. Articulation with other institutions. DinC) Teacher Education Program. DinC) College is a multi-campus institution. All campuses focus on the offering of educational programs, which prepare the student for transfer to four-year colleges/universities and for entry into employment. Developmental studies are offered at all campuses for students who need further preparation for college-level studies. Courses in Navajo language, history and culture are also available at all DC campuses. The distinctiveness of each campus program derives from the needs of the community it serves, together with the special characteristics of its faculty. Tsaile Campus is unique within the DC system in serving both a residential student population and commuter population. It is the administrative center for the institution. Shiprock Campus has developed strengths in scientific research programs involving faculty and students. The Community Campuses provide professional academic advising and educational opportunities including career counseling, assisting with financial aid process, and preparing students for further studies. History : DinC) College was the first college established by Native Americans for Native Americans. It set a precedent for later tribally controlled community colleges on or near reservations. DinC) College remains the oldest and largest. In the following decades, 33 similar colleges have been founded by other Indian tribes. A major milestone in the development of DinC) College was its attainment of accreditation by the North Central Association (NCA) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education in 1976. It became the first tribally controlled institution to be accredited as a two-year college. In 1995 NCA renewed the accreditation of the College for an additional six years. The 2002 comprehensive visit garnered a recommended 8 year re-accreditation. Under the direction of an eight-member Board of Regents confirmed by the Government Services Committee of the Navajo Nation Council, DinC) College has the responsibility to serve residents of the 26,000 square mile Navajo Nation which spans the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.