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Accreditation, the seven year itch

Accreditation, the seven year itch


Ella Jones

Every seven years the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities conducts site visits to determine if federal standards for classes are being met. NCCUir evaluatorsinspectors will visit Lane Community College on Oct. 29, 30, and 31. Faculty has known this since the last accreditation visit and has spent the last few months preparing in their individual departments and as a whole.

“I will be reminding classified and faculty about the visit, sharing pertinent page numbers from the report and encouraging them to attend the open sessions for classified and faculty. I really hope students attend the student forum too,” Dean of Academic Learning Skills Cathy Lindsley said. “Once the accreditation visit is over, the next steps start – working on areas that need improvement and looking ahead to the tasks for the next seven years because the process repeats!”

After the visit is over, Lane will be left with a list of improvements to implement over the next seven years. These can be anything involving classes and coursework.

“We are not trying to do anything special to prepare, other than reviewing the changes and improvements we’ve made in our division over the past few years. I think the purpose of the visit is to see us as we really are, and to help us find additional ways to improve.  So, because of that, I am looking forward to meeting them and learning from them as well,” Dean of Mathematics Kathie Hledik said.

Many staff members look forward to the input and feedback that will come from the national accreditation team. “We look forward to the accreditation visit later this month and see it as an opportunity to look in the mirror and review what we are doing and think about what we can improve upon.  We have a lot to be proud of at Lane,” Patrick O’Connor, dean of advanced technology, said.