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Cathy Summa-Wolfe
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Accrediting Agency Reaffirms College of Marin’s Accreditation

College Receives Several Commendations and Recommendations

Kentfield, CA—February 3 , 2011—In a letter received yesterday from Dr. Barbara Beno, President of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), College of Marin received official notice that its accreditation had been reaffirmed. The Commission met last month and made its recommendation after reviewing College of Marin’s Institutional Self Study Report (2010) and the report submitted by the evaluation team following their visit on October 25 through 28, 2010. The reaffirmation is a victory for college faculty, staff, students, administration and members of the Board of Trustees who made compliance with accreditation standards a top priority. The college received several commendations, recommendations and a requirement to submit a follow-up report in October 2011.

“This, of course, is tremendous news and a positive reflection of the hard work and dedication of the College of Marin community in working toward meeting and/or exceeding the standards set forth by WASC,” said Superintendent/President David Wain Coon, Ed.D.

The Commission commended the college for a variety of achievements, including effective use of the college’s mission statement in governance and integrated planning; development of an online enrollment management tool; praise for the academic senate’s role in developing a wiki that will be used for implementing student learning outcomes; creation of a new student athlete support program; providing mental health and family counseling services to its students, commitment to sustainability using geothermal technology in its Measure C facilities projects, and the governing board’s commitment in revising board policies and administrative regulations and making them publicly available through the college website.

The Commission also made a number of recommendations, including ensuring that the planning and budgeting processes are linked, development of a facilities master plan, allocation of resources to support distance education, acceleration implementing student learning outcomes, and development of a sustainable technology plan. The college will have to fully address the Commission’s recommendations by the October due date.

“Although we continue to have our work ahead of us on behalf of our students, we clearly have much to celebrate,” said Dr. Coon.

A copy of the complete commission report is available by contacting Cathy Summa-Wolfe at 415.485.9528.

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