College Receives Positive Appraisal
Western Nevada College has received its notice of re-accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, following a comprehensive evaluation.
"It's official," said President Carol Lucey. "The Commission was very positive about the progress that has been made at our college, thanks to the diligence and commitment of our faculty and staff. The evaluators also offered us some valuable recommendations for improvements over the coming months."
After two years of preparation, volumes of written reports, and three days spent hosting peer experts who examined all facets of the college, the news brought smiles to the campus halls. The Commission reaffirmed WNC's accreditation at the associate degree level, and also granted the college accreditation at the baccalaureate degree level, effective from September 1, 2008, when the college began offering its first bachelor's degree, a Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management.
Following the accreditation site visit in May, the college received a report from the 10-member evaluation team that offered a number of commendations and recommendations. Then, President Lucey appeared last month before the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at a re-accreditation hearing in Washington state.
In its decision, the Commission commended WNC's president, administration, faculty and staff for "their demonstrated collaboration in effective management of the college, particularly during tough economic times, made possible by a highly supportive system chancellor and governing board, and subsequently leading to an efficient operation for the benefit of students."
The Commission also commended WNC for its "active commitment to student access and success through its exemplary services, experiences and opportunities created and administered collaboratively by student service staff and faculty that help students engage in meaningful ways with the institution."
The report includes recommendations for the college:
1. Quality faculty members will be hired as soon as possible for those academic degree programs currently lacking full-time faculty oversight, due to budget cuts.
2. The college will fully implement its plan to conduct a comprehensive assessment of all of its programs.
3. In spite of the challenges associated with knowing the certainty of future funding, the college will project financial expenditures at least three years out for major budget categories.
4. The college will continue to accommodate the fair and equitable treatment of both male and female student athletes in participation, equipment and access to facilities.
The college is requested to take action and report back to the commission within three years regarding recommendations 1, 2 and 4 and within two years regarding recommendation 3.
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