FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2011

Mt. SAC Receives Reaffirmation of Accreditation

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College has received regional reaffirmation of accreditation for the maximum allowable duration of six years from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

“This is great news for Mt. SAC as we prepare to celebrate our 65th year,” said President John S. Nixon. “The commission’s findings and decision are yet another validation of the commitment, professionalism, and exemplary work continually demonstrated across the college. We achieved the reaffirmation of accreditation without qualification or exception, which is a significant accomplishment.”

The commission visited the campus last fall, marking the culmination of a two-year campuswide self-evaluation process that assessed the quality of instruction, programs and services the college provides its students. The analysis, based on a set of rigorous standards, was compiled in a 332-page self-study document, prepared by scores of faculty, staff, and students.

In reaffirming accreditation status, the commission commended Mt. SAC for the high quality of its educational programs, the planning, budgeting and review processes applied to these programs, and the use of data to demonstrate success with retention and success of at-risk students.

Also praised were Mt. SAC’s innovative programs that support college success and provide students with library and learning support that enables them to succeed.. Moreover, the commission commended the college for maintaining overall financial stability through sound fiscal management in difficult economic times.

“The effort that our employees put into optimizing student success is clear within our own self-study analysis and the commission’s validation of it,” Nixon noted.

Accreditation is a process that colleges and universities undergo to evaluate and assure the quality of education and to subsequently make those results known to the public.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is the corporate entity, consisting of three separately organized commissions within the western region, which is responsible for monitoring and evaluating institutions of higher education. The commission responsible for community colleges is the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which evaluates and accredits public and private postsecondary institutions that offer two-year educational programs and award the associate degree.

The reaffirmation process required the college to undergo a comprehensive review during the week of October 25, 2010. Mt. SAC is required to submit a midterm report in 2013, and prepare for another reaffirmation review in 2016.

To read Mt. SAC’s self-study report, visit http://www.mtsac.edu/administration/accreditation/2010self_study.html

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