Copper Mountain College Removed From Accreditation Warning

    July 7, 2010


    Copper Mountain College Removed From Accreditation Warning




    JOSHUA TREE, Ca –   Copper Mountain College received a long awaited decision by the Accreditation Commission for Junior and Community Colleges (ACCJC) on its accreditation status this past Friday afternoon.  ACCJC Team Operations and Communications Vice President, Jack Pond, called CMC Superintendent/President Dr. Wagner late in the day advising that the “warning” sanction placed on the College in June of 2008 had been officially removed during a meeting of the full Commission on June 10th. 




    According to faculty member, and CMC Accreditation Liaison Officer, Cathy Itnyre, “The Commission’s actions were the results of a great deal of hard work on the part of many of the College’s employees.”  With the College’s Mid-term report now accepted and the warning removed, it will not be until 2013 that the CMC will see a site visit from the Commission.  Wagner reiterated that “During the past two years when CMC was on warning status, the College remained fully accredited.  If the College had failed to take corrective actions to address the Commission recommendations from its visit in 2009, the warning could have been elevated to probation status”.




    The College has already begun to form its task force for the 2013 reaccreditation site visit that will include the development of a new Institutional Master Plan.  Every employee of the College will be responsible for at least one element of the over 200 elements that make up the ACCJC Accreditation Standards.  In addition to being responsible for an element, each employee will be responsible for internally auditing someone else’s element ensuring that every employee has ownership and a role in the accreditation process.


    In advising Wagner of the Commission’s actions Pond stated that “The Commission’s actions are a reflection of the hard work CMC had done over the past year, you and your staff are to be commended for a job well done.”