Sept. 13--Crafton Hills College is taking the necessary steps to move forward in its accreditation process.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Crafton officials led a public forum on the college's midterm report that, if approved by the San Bernardino Community College District board on Thursday, Sept. 14, will be submitted to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges for its review.
The college began preparing the report last fall, months after both Crafton and San Bernardino Valley College were given a "warning" by the ACCJC after concerns were raised over several issues, including the need to look at student outcomes. Both institutions became fully accredited once again in July 2016.
"The college is confident that we've addressed our own planning agenda that we've detailed in our self-evaluation report in 2014, and that we've also addressed the commission's recommendations for improvement," Rebeccah Warren-Marlatt, vice president of instruction and accreditation liaison officer, said at the conclusion of Tuesday's forum.
Multiple drafts of the report were sent out to various college bodies, including the classified, student and academic senates for review. Feedback collected helped in crafting the report, the final draft of which will be submitted to the ACCJC next month.
Tuesday's forum allowed Crafton students, faculty, staff and supporters to learn more about the measures taken to prepare the document.
"We've gotten better at transparency," Warren-Marlatt told guests.
All institutions are required to submit a midterm report between comprehensive evaluation visits. Crafton's next evaluation is scheduled in October 2020.
While the college has completed several tasks on its own to-do list, Warren-Marlatt said there is always room for growth. There are plans to continue training for safety and make improvements to Crafton's web-based software that will allow students to access an up-to-date course log, among other items.
The midterm report also outlines the college's data analysis, which lays out additional improvements in course and degree completion, pass rates for respiratory care and transfer rates. Crafton's transfer rates are the highest in the Inland Empire, Warren-Marlatt said.
A midterm report requires no on-campus visit from the ACCJC unless it does not accept the report, she said.
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