MiraCosta College gets nod from commission

OCEANSIDE — MiraCosta college achieved re-accreditation following a warning from the Accrediting Commission in 2008.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges has recognized MiraCosta College’s work of addressing the commission’s 2008 recommendations, and has commended the college for its strong commitment toward student learning outcomes and collegial governance. The warning issued by the commission in January 2008 has been removed.
“We are very pleased with the commission’s findings and its support of the college,” said MiraCosta Board of Trustees President Gregory M. Post.
MiraCosta College Superintendent/President Francisco Rodriguez received a letter June 30 from Barbara Beno, president of the Accrediting Commission, that outlined the college’s progress toward meeting and exceeding the commission’s original recommendations. Rodriguez also received the commission’s evaluation report, which is available to the public at www.miracosta.edu/accreditation.
“From the time the ACCJC issued its report in 2008 the faculty viewed the recommendations as an opportunity for the college to become stronger,” said MiraCosta College Academic Senate President Brad Byrom. “Along with our administrative and staff colleagues, we moved forward with deliberate purpose and speed to make the necessary changes to not only satisfy the accreditation concerns, but to make MiraCosta a more unified, collegial institution.”
The recommendations were received in January 2008. The first recommendation asked the college to complete a process to establish student learning outcomes at all course and program levels, along with appropriate assessment measures. The second recommendation asked the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees and college constituent groups to engage in discussion focused on identifying and achieving mutual interests central to ensuring a participative governance climate. The third recommendation asked trustees to establish a board development plan that builds a shared understanding of board roles and responsibilities.
Rodriguez, hired as MiraCosta’s superintendent/president in March 2009, said this latest report from the commission signals a new beginning for the college.
“The college has taken tremendous steps forward, not only in creating student learning outcomes, but also in the development of a more collegial, inclusive and comprehensive governance structure. This is a proud moment for the college; we have addressed the problems of the past and have continued to provide exceptional educational opportunities to our students.”
The next step for the college will be to participate in the commission’s regular cycle of comprehensive evaluation, which will occur during spring 2010, and is repeated every six years. Accreditation is the primary means by which colleges in the United States assure and improve quality in education. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, as overseen by the U.S. Department of Education, takes actions on accreditation status for the California Community Colleges.
To read the commission’s full report, visit www.miracosta.edu/accreditation.

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