The California Tribal College (CTC) is taking concrete steps toward becoming a fully operational tribal college. During 2015–2016, CTC offered a certificate program in tribal leadership and governance, completed a feasibility study, and prepared for a capital campaign. The college has also elected a board of regents composed of tribal, education, and business leaders. The 13-member board consists of six leadership regents, three Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation regents, and four at-large regents.
The board of regents has decided that CTC will evolve into a four-year, baccalaureate- granting institution. The CTC will achieve this in steps by first developing as a 2-year institution, granting associate degrees and certificates with a technical component. The college will have its initial, main campus in the greater Sacramento area, with satellite campuses in northern and southern California. There are currently 55 tribes and five national and statewide tribal organizations that have partnered with CTC by passing a resolution in support of the college.
The board of regents developed a project plan and timeline consisting of three phases: 1) the foundational work phase; 2) the planning phase; and 3) the implementation phase. This timeline provides for a CTC center to open in 2018, and full development of the California Tribal College, with initial accreditation, by 2023. The first phase has been completed and the college is currently in the second, planning phase. This phase will take approximately three to four years. The board of regents has identified key components of this phase: a presidential search, a strategic planning process, an educational master plan, accreditation, site selection, and a facilities master plan.
Following completion of the planning phase, CTC will embark on the final phase, the implementation phase. If CTC adheres to the strict timeline in place, this phase will begin in 2019 and will take approximately four years. There are four key areas of the implementation phase: 1) the accreditation process; 2) instructional program development; 3) facility design and construction; and 4) marketing and recruitment. CTC anticipates being granted initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges by summer 2023, and admitting its first class in fall 2023.