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Message from Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery
Preparation for Higher Learning Commission Reaffirmation 2020

The purpose of this message is to invite you to be actively involved in a massive and vitally important district-wide initiative that will be launched at the beginning of fall 2016—a comprehensive two-year self-study process leading to continuing accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  The District understands the importance of maintaining its regional accreditation demonstrating our ability to meet required standards of academic quality that enables our students to receive federal financial aid and transfer to other accredited colleges and universities.   Each of you will play a critical role in this process to identify strengths, areas of opportunity and growth, as well as suggest improvements to promote continued excellence.  The HLC requires that all faculty, staff, business partners, and community partners be knowledgeable about the re-accreditation efforts and provide input as part of the comprehensive review process.

WCCCD last comprehensive self-study and site visit in 2009-2010 resulted in HLC granting the highest commendation for a 10-year period, the first continued accreditation status granted without findings and concerns to be formally addressed during its next evaluation.  I fully anticipate a similar exemplary result when HLC team visit is completed in 2019-2020. 

I am confident that we have the expertise and spirit of teamwork that is needed to produce an excellent assurance argument.  Most importantly, this in-depth and comprehensive self-evaluation will be a valuable source of assessment data and recommendations on which plans for WCCCD’s continuous development and improvement will be based for all major initiatives.  I trust that you will find working on this vital project to be meaningful and rewarding, and I look forward to working with you to achieve results of which we can all be proud.


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