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Mendocino College One of Two Colleges in the State to Receive Full Reaffirmation of Accreditation

    Ukiah, CA - On July 2, Mendocino College received official notice from the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges, a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), that its accreditation status had been reaffirmed based on a comprehensive evaluation conducted in March 2008.  
Only West Valley College received the same status; five other community colleges were placed on warning based on recent comprehensive evaluations.
    “We are extremely proud that our college and staff have been recognized for the excellent instruction and other services that we deliver,” said Superintendent/President Kathy Lehner.  “The Commission commended our dedication to students, collegial atmosphere and attention to various special populations.  It is quite gratifying to be recognized at the regional level for the high quality of our institution.”
    The comprehensive evaluation of the college took place from March 3 to March 6.  At that time, nine team members from other California community colleges visited the Ukiah campus and the two centers in Willits and Lakeport.  
Their focus was on a series of accreditation requirements relating to curriculum, student services, fiscal management, physical resources and planning.  They conducted interviews and reviewed documents, including a self-study report prepared by the college, and reported their findings to WASC.  The team also held open meetings to hear from college staff and community members.
    Based on the visiting team’s report and an appearance before the Commission on June 5 by Superintendent/President Lehner and Vice President of Education and Student Services Meridith Randall, Mendocino College received the highest accreditation status possible.  
The commission asked for written reports on specific issues such as the integration of planning and budgeting in March 2009 and March 2010, but does not plan another site visit until 2014.  Community colleges are reviewed for reaccreditation on a six-year cycle.
    “I commend the many staff members who spent hours and hours preparing the self-study and participating in the site visit,” said Lehner. “Their hard work has paid off for the college and ultimately, for our students.”

Created: August 12, 2008 @ 12:11 PM
Last Modified: May 08, 2009 @ 08:26 AM


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