Copper Mountain College Receives the Accrediting Commission Report

    July 14, 2009

    JOSHUA TREE, Ca – Copper Mountain College (CMC) has received the Accrediting Commission’s Report that continues CMC on warning. On April 13, 2009, a team representing the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges visited CMC. The team’s visit was a follow-up to the April 2008 visit and Progress Report which resulted in the Commission’s action placing CMC on warning at its June 2008 hearing.

    At that time the Accrediting Commission made four recommendations to CMC;
    1.    That the College President take decisive measures to improve the campus climate by building trust and fostering mutual respect and communication with all campus constituencies.
    2.    That the College provide evidence that its newly approved Strategic Plan and forthcoming Educational Master Plan are implemented through an ongoing and systematic cycle of evaluation, integrated planning, and resource allocation. The planning should be research-based, collegially developed, and directly supportive of the College’s decision-making processes.
    3.    That the plan to acquire a new Enterprise Reporting System be expedited and that appropriate staffing for institutional research, ERS training, and system operations and servicing be provided to support the use of information technology required to improve institutional effectiveness and reliable data-based decision-making.
    4.    That the College establish, through a fully participatory process, a College-wide structure for ongoing systematic review of all programs for relevance, achievement of learning outcomes, currency and future program needs and plans. The recent consultant-driven review of programs may serve as a guide. The program reviews should be integrated with the College’s budget, educational and strategic planning processes.

    Team recommendations and the Commission’s actions have determined that the first of the recommendations had been met and was removed from the list of recommended actions. Dr. Barbara Beno, Commission President commented regarding the remaining recommendations, “The Commission has granted an extension because the College has begun work to resolve these issues and they are almost resolved.”  The Commission also took action to require the college to complete a Focused Midterm Report by March 15, 2010.  That report will be followed by a visit of Commission Representatives.

    “The faculty, staff, and administration have worked hard to come into full compliance with the Commission’s recommendations. Since most of the recommendations were dependent on completing a cycle, it was as much as anything a matter of not having a full year to demonstrate that the recommendations were fully implemented” stated College Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Wagner.

    During the time that Copper Mountain College is on warning, the college still maintains its full accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.  CMC is among 22 California Community Colleges currently on warning, probation, or show-cause.

    Dr. Wagner went on to say, “We have not taken our warning status lightly, and have worked to turn this sanction into an opportunity to improve our process and academic standards. As a college community we are committed to the “warning” being removed from our accreditation status at the Commission’s June 2010 hearing.”

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