Accrediting Commission Continues COM On Warning Status
CA—February 6, 2007—The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, reviewed the Progress Report submitted by College of Marin at its January 10-12, 2007 meeting. COM received a letter this week from the Commission indicating that it accepted the report, continued COM on warning status, and required that the college complete a Focused Midterm Report on issues of special concern to the Commission. College of Marin continues to be fully accredited while on warning status.
“This is good news for the college. We have satisfied four of WASC’s five recommendations, which is a significant accomplishment in a relatively short period of time. There were no surprises in the letter. We expected that we would have to address all five of the recommendations before being removed from warning status,” said COM Superintendent/President Frances L. White, Ph.D.
COM officials anticipated that WASC would keep the college on warning status until all of the recommendations were addressed to the accrediting agency’s complete satisfaction. The college has addressed four of the five recommendations made by WASC over a two-year period and is in the process of attending to the final recommendation.
The WASC letter reiterated Recommendation 3, which COM did not implement by the deadline. Recommendation 3 requires COM to execute an institutional planning process based on specific criteria. The recommendation also requires that the college integrate institutional effectiveness and program review processes to inform educational master planning, facilities master planning, technology planning, student learning and services programs development and revision, and resource allocation.
WASC President Barbara A. Beno, Ph.D., expressed her continuing interest in COM’s educational Programs and Services. “Professional self-regulation is the most effective means of assuring integrity, effectiveness and quality,” said Beno.
COM is making significant progress implementing its new program review process and addressing the accrediting agency’s final recommendation. COM also has addressed four of WASC’s five recommendations, including approving an educational master plan, conducting an actuarial study to determine its liability for the future costs of retirees, adopting a new governance structure for participatory decision making, and reviewing its mission, vision and values statements.
The college’s new Program Review Document was approved in December 2006. This semester COM is piloting new program review processes using both academic and administrative programs as models. COM will submit a Midterm Report by October 15, 2007.