Accreditation Commission drops in on MCC–the seven year itch

JEREMY MULFORD Digital Editor in Chief

The Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, wrapped up a four-day evaluation of MiraCosta College Thursday to evaluate MCC’s  accreditation status. Their findings are generated in a report to the National Education Board, to verify the college offers the finest quality education and student resources. Evaluations are conducted every seven years.

 The commission led by West Hills Community College Chancellor, Dr. Frank Gornick, conducted audits focused on fiscal and educational data for all campuses, departments, and programs. Extensive interviews were conducted during the week to gain a conclusive report. “Faculty, staff, and administrators have worked very hard this past couple of years to prepare for the accreditation visit. In all of the meetings with the visiting team, we got input on the great work we are doing and they affirmed and appreciated our approach where students always come first in everything we do. The visit is over but the cycle of quality improvement and student success is never ending so we will continue to look at ways we can help our students achieve their academic goals at MiraCosta College,” said Dr. Alketa Wojcik VP of Student Services.

Wednesday an open public (Extra space between open and public) forum was held at 1 p.m. with the Commission in Aztlan A, to field questions about the visit. It was a small group rounded out by members of student press, staff, faculty, and administrators. The commission made positive comments regarding the safe place initiative and student service programs fostered by the college.

 The commission’s members departed 11:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Their report will be finished in January 2017.

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