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DCB in Brief

MISSION STATEMENT: Dakota College at Bottineau provides students with a quality education in a caring environment. The institution values diversity and personal enrichment by promoting engaged learning for employment and university transfer. With the help of a supportive community, Dakota College at Bottineau emphasizes nature and technology to accomplish its mission through an array of curricula, programs, and services.



  • Health Professions
    • Associate Degree Nurse – RN
    • Community Paramedic Technology
    • Health Information Management
    • Medical Administrative Assistant
    • Medical Assistant
    • Paramedic Technology
    • Practical Nursing – LPN
  • Natural Resources
    • Aquaponics
    • Floral Design & Greenhouse Technology
    • Greenhouse Technology
    • Laboratory & Field Technician
    • Land Management
    • Landscape Design and Maintenance
    • Natural Resource Management
    • Recreation Management
    • Urban Forest management
    • Wildlife & Fisheries Technology
  • Transfer/Liberal Arts
    • Dakota College provides a core of liberal arts courses that students may use to satisfy the general education requirements at four-year colleges and universities to which they can transfer. Dakota College also offers lower divisional coursework in specific major areas for those who have chosen the field in which they will earn a bachelor’s degree.


  • Dakota Nursing Program
    • A joint program among DCB, LRSC, BSC, and to graduate RN and LPN candidates
  • Cooperative Program with MSU
    • Deliver face-to-face developmental coursework to MSU students in Minot (Passport Program) as well as eight CTE Programs
  • Cooperative Program with VCSU
    • Deliver face-to-face developmental coursework to VCSU students in Valley City (Bridges Program) as well as five CTE programs including associate degree and practical nursing.


  • Unique and broad programming in natural resource and health professions
  • Specialized programming efforts for an open admissions learning environment
  • Strong and mutually beneficial affiliation with Minot State University
  • Benefits provided by a truly small college, as follows, e.g., strong sense of community, opportunities for interaction with faculty outside of the classroom, anonymity not possible



  • Great geographical location for natural resource programming
  • Outstanding community support
  • Dedicated faculty and staff who enjoy students and love teaching


  • Competing for students in a small market
  • Attracting quality applicants for vacant positions
  • Complying with increasing federal regulations


  • Modernize and update residence halls and dining center
  • Bringing faculty and staff salaries to market average
  • Funding for campus security and safety


  • Rehabilitating aging infrastructure and facilities
  • Raising graduation and retention rates
  • Growing and strengthening Career and Technical Education programs


College President:  Steven Shirley, PhD

Campus Dean:  Jerry Migler, PhD

Leadership Team:

  • Larry Brooks, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
  • Danny Davis, Athletic Director
  • Kayla O’Toole, Director of Distance Ed and Academic Support Services
  • Lisa Mock, Business Manager


  • FTE of Benefited Faculty:  23.66
  • Headcount of Benefited Faculty:  24
  • Tenured Faculty: 29%
  • Faculty with terminal Degrees:  17%
  • FTE of Benefited Staff:  49.44
  • Headcount of Benefited Staff:  50



  • Full-Time Students: 346
  • Part-time Students: 563
  • Total Enrollment:     909
  • 1st year Students:     631
  • 2nd year Students:    278
  • Exclusively in Distance Ed: 478
  • % of ND Residence: 76%
  • Degrees completed (7/1/15 – 6/30/16)
  • Certificates:  28
  • Associate degrees:  84


Combined graduation and transfer out rates of first time, full time students completing a DCB program in 150% of normal time or successfully transferring to another institution of higher learning.

  • Cohort Beginning Fall 2014 = 14%
  • Cohort Beginning Fall 2013 = 24%
  • Cohort Beginning Fall 2012 = 28%


First time, full time cohort:  60%

First-Time, Full-Time Retention Rate:

  • Fall 2016 to Fall 2017 = 45%
  • Fall 2015 to Fall 2016 = 42%
  • Fall 2014 to Fall 2015 = 39%


State General Fund Revenues in Operating Budget

  • General Fund: $3,786,000

2017-18 Cost to Attend (Tuition & Fees):

  • Annual Resident Rate: $4,419
  • Annual Non-Resident Rate: $6,223

2015-17 Total Semester Credit Hours:

  • 25,526

Special Budget Considerations:

  • Faculty/Staff Salaries
  • Residence Hall Modernization
  • Nelson Science Center Renovation

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Minot State University

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is an affiliate campus of Minot State University (MSU). As such, it is administratively attached to its parent institution. The University President oversees operations at both sites and is located in Minot, ND. The Chief Executive Officer at DCB is the Campus Dean.

Collaboratively, DCB and MSU offer seven one and two-year Career and Technical Programs in Minot. Facilities, technology, and faculty are shared so that these majors can be extended to the Minot region. In addition, DCB has articulation agreements with MSU that enable students to make a seamless transition between the two schools, if they choose to earn a Bachelor’s degree from MSU.

Dakota College and Minot State have been cooperating since 1996 to bring quality education programming to north central North Dakota. Both higher learning institutions belong to the eleven member North Dakota University System.