Valley inches closer to accreditation

Valley College received honorable mentions for facilities, faculty and services on campus in the Accreditation Exit Report.

By Paul Rosenbusch, Staff Writer

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ accreditation team gave Valley College a bevy of compliments and some recommendations in their accreditation exit report presentation on March 10 in Monarch Hall.

The process began in 2014 with LACCD staff gathering evidence and preparing a report to deliver to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. In the coming months, the ACCJC will submit a final evaluation report, which the commission will review in June and then send to Valley’s administration.

“The purpose of our visit is to determine whether the district, and this college meet accreditation standards, and recommend ways to provide quality assurance and institutional improvement,” said accrediting team chair Dr. Thomas Greene.

The ACCJC accreditation team began training and preparation for their visit last December. Greene attended a pre-visit on campus Jan. 25, and the team met to prepare the next day. Between then and March 8, the team studied Valley’s self-evaluation report, completed personal written assignments, and scheduled preliminary interviews with college faculty.

“On behalf of our entire team, I wanted to thank all of you for being so instrumental in preparing the self-evaluation report, as well as the supporting team that helped us before and during our visit,” said the exit report compiled by Greene and his team.

Green and his team praised Valley for its steadfast commitment to students, exemplary instructional programs and support services, specifically the adaptive physical education program, career guidance, counseling assistance, the child development program, and the student health center.

“These programs and services exemplify the college’s core values of inclusion and respect, and serve to empower all students to reach their academic and career goals,” said Greene.

The accreditation team commended Valley for its commitment to environmental sustainability, its efforts to decrease the student loan default rate and for increasing transparency and inclusiveness on campus by revitalizing participatory governance. The designs of the college’s new construction projects, its resource conservation efforts and the campus’s nationally-recognized urban forest are indicative of Valley’s focus on environmental issues, according to their report. The school has reduced loan default rates by 50 precent over the last 30 years.

The ACCJC report recommended the separation of student learning and achievement data to support effective decision making, making Valley’s transfer of credit policy for incoming students more accessible.

 

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