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ERIC Number: EJ764680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr-20
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
The Rebirth of D-Q University
Valdata, Patricia
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n5 p18-22 Apr 2006
The Phoenix is a traditional symbol of rebirth, but for D-Q University, a bolt cutter may be a more appropriate image. After more than 30 years as California's only two-year tribal college, the school lost its accreditation in January 2005. The board of directors tried to keep the school open, but last summer they began packing up student records, chained and locked the doors. They even directed the California Department of Transportation to remove highway signs pointing visitors to D-Q. However, a small group of students simply refused to leave. They called upon some of the school's activist founders for aid--the same ones who started the college in 1971, by climbing a fence and conducting a sit-in. One of those founders, a lawyer named Arthur Apodaca, took a set of bolt cutters and literally reopened the school last August. How this unique and often troubled college finally collapsed is a complicated story. In this article, the author describes how the "D-Q Renaissance Team," led by Apodaca, who was appointed interim president by a reconstituted board of directors, re-energizes D-Q and fixes all the broken pieces that caused the school to lose its accreditation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California