Imperial Valley College has been notified that it is one of six community colleges in the state that has been issued a "Warning" as the result of the comprehensive accreditation evaluation conducted on campus last March.
"While this is officially a 'sanction,' it is basically what we had hoped for given the fiscal challenges we have faced over the past several years," said IVC President Victor Jaime." Jaime said the status is the lowest sanction that is issued and really does not come as a surprise.
"IVC remains fully accredited," said Jaime, and will continue to work on the fiscal issues that have faced the campus. "The fact that a Vice President of the ACCJC was part of our evaluation is unprecedented and truly shows the confidence the commission has on our ability to provide quality education," said Jaime.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges took the action at its June 5 to 7 meeting. Colleges can be reaffirmed with no sanctions, issued a warning, placed on probation or given a "show cause" status which is the step before losing accreditation.
Of the 13 colleges that received full accreditation reviews, six were reaffirmed, six were issued warnings and one was placed on probation. The commission also voted to terminate accreditation of the City College of San Francisco which had been placed on "Show Cause" status last year.
An eight-person accreditation team spent three days on campus evaluating the college in March. The team was led by Susan Clifford, a commission vice president.
In the team's exit interview, Clifford commended IVC on the quality of student learning and its partnership with San Diego State University–Imperial Valley campus in Calexico.
The team was critical of IVC on fiscal planning issues, stating the college could do a better job of balancing its expenses and revenues to keep from using its reserve fund.
It also praised IVC for recognizing the problem early and proactively dealing with it by voluntarily calling in the state's Fiscal Crisis and Management Assessment team (FCMAT) last year. Since that group's report, IVC has taken a number of steps to correct the fiscal situation that was created by the state's budget crisis.
SACRAMENTO – California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris on Tuesday released Student Success Scorecards that detail student outcomes at all 112 colleges using a variety of metrics that are presented in a clear and concise way and make the nation's largest system of higher education also the most accountable.
The scorecards give college-by-college views of student performance and were a major recommendation of the Student Success Task Force. The scorecard enables users to easily track a college's certificate and degree attainment and transfer rates, persistence rates and "momentum points," such as the completion of 30 units, which is typically considered to be the halfway mark to transferring to a four-year institution as a junior or completing an associate degree.
By Kevin Iqueda, JRN 101
IMPERIAL, Calif.—Imperial Valley College had a growth spurt in the last three years with a techno-new science building, expanded parking facilities, updated classrooms, and water-friendly landscaping.
While the science building is impressive, parking is now abundant, and learning in 21st century classrooms is a reality, it's the often-overlooked things like one small, bright desert flower, a lush green lawn, or a 40-foot tree providing relief from the heat that might help to nurture pride and performance in study-weary students, faculty and staff.
With this facelift came the new philosophy of landscaping the campus with a more "green-friendly," energy-efficient technology—xeriscaping.
Here is a closer look:
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By KARINA LOPEZ
12:40 a.m. PDT, March 15, 2013
IMPERIAL — Members of the Imperial Valley College campus community including board trustees, professors and deans gathered to learn the preliminary findings and recommendations of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, here Thursday.
The eight-person accreditation team spent three days on campus evaluating the college, talking to students and validating the college's self-study to ensure the college operates with a clear understanding of its purpose.
Accreditation team chairwoman Susan Clifford was quick to point out the preliminary findings of the visit are not the only things taken into consideration when a college is being evaluated for accreditation.
Team interviews will be held Tuesday and Wednesday. Team exits on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. The Accreditation Team consists of 8 members from the following colleges and organizations: College of the Siskiyous, Los Angeles Southwest College, The University of Hawai'i System, Cuesta College, Diablo Valley College, El Camino College, ACCJC. Feel free to greet and say hello to the team if you see them around campus!
Accreditation is a non-governmental, peer-driven process. The federal Department of Education has certified WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and the ACCJC (Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges) as legitimate accreditors. IVC pays dues to ACCJC to voluntarily participate in the accreditation process.
Accreditation occurs on a six-year cycle. Through accreditation, an institution demonstrates that it is of high quality, and the public is assured that the institution is doing a professional job of helping students learn and achieve their educational goals. Our eligibility for financial aid and federal funds also hinges on our good standing as accredited.
Over the past three years, Imperial Valley College has worked to embed the goals of accreditation into the life of the college. To certify those efforts, a team of administrators and faculty from our region will analyze our Institutional Self-Evaluation Report and then visit us during the week of March 11-14 (Monday-Thursday). To read the complete report, go to: http://accreditation.imperial.edu/
With the start of the Priority Registration period this week, we want to again remind all students that there have been significant changes in policies regarding fees, drop for nonpayment, priority registration, academic probation and other items. These are outlined in our 2012 Fall Student Guide.
Please pay careful attention to the "Did You Know" section (Page 6).
We also want to apologize to students who have been having difficulty getting counseling appointments. While all appointments have been taken, we do have two counselors who are available Monday through Thursday for walk-in traffic. To have the best chance of seeing a counselor by walk-in, we urge you to be here early—our Counseling Center opens at 8 a.m.
For those students who currently have appointments, we urge you to keep them and be on time. Students without appointments can also call 760-355-6543 to see if they can fill a cancelled appointment.
Effective July 30, we no longer will be taking appointments and all students will be seen on a first come, first served walk-in basis. We are hopeful this also will help ease the situation.
This bottleneck has been caused due to short staffing as a result of the ongoing state fiscal situation. We realize this is frustrating to you and we are working hard to accommodate all students.
Imperial Valley College, May 7, 2012: Ken Rosevear, Yuma Chamber of Commerce Director, will present his timely "Strategies Mandatory at Recessionary Times (SMART) training" at Imperial Valley College's "Unleash Your Business Potential" inaugural business conference on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. "SMART training" presents a proven 12-point business strategy that serves as a model for success in today's economy. It will help guide businesses through these uncertain economic times. Check-in starts at 1 p.m. in the new IVC 2700 building. Conference attendees will be offered a series of breakout sessions covering business planning, employment law, social networking, business loans, sales growth, and customer service. A reception, that includes hors d'oeuvres, begins at 5 p.m. for networking opportunities before Mr. Rosevear's seminar at 6 p.m.
Registration is required to attend at no cost. To register go to www.ivsbdc.org and click on IVC Business Conference, or call Sylvia Marroquin at (760) 312-9800, or Roy Dorantes at (760) 355-6510. Parking is free of charge on the day of the event.
Learn more by visiting the Road to Recovery section!
Imperial Valley College is facing its most serious fiscal crisis in many years due to the ongoing state budget situation and resulting cutbacks to higher education.
We are not alone. Statewide, since the 2009-10 Academic Year, actual per student funding has been cut by $300 while the cost of living has increased by 16 percent. Funding for 130,000 full-time equivalent students has been slashed and there have been deep cuts to student success initiatives. Meanwhile, fees have doubled from $600 per year (on the average) to $1,380 per year.
All of these have been driven by the state legislature and the monumental fiscal disaster California has been facing. For more information, please visit the California Community College League at this link: http://www.ccleague.net/february-surprise/.
It is our job at the local level to factor these realities into our budget and keep this college afloat.
Please be assured, we will succeed.
Over the coming weeks and months, you will see changes at IVC. There potentially could be personnel reductions and some curtailment of services as we steer your college on this Road to Recovery. Our focus will continue to be on serving students in our core areas: transfer, career technical education and basic skills. Access to our class sections will continue to be impacted in the foreseeable future but we will do everything possible to provide as many class sections as is fiscally prudent at this time.
In situations such as this, rumors can fly.
That is why we have posted this "Road to Recovery" page on our website. Please refer to this site for accurate information and please send this link to your friends.
Victor Jaime Ed.D.
The issues we are having with our telephone carriers are ongoing. The issues involve our old carrier failing to release certain telephone numbers to our new carrier. This is resulting in these numbers being inaccessible from certain local calling prefixes. In other words, someone with a local number may not be able to direct-dial a particular number on campus.
Until we are able to resolve the issues, there is a temporary way to mitigate the situation. The main number, 760-352-8320, is accessible from all prefixes. If callers dial this number, they can then transfer to any extension by entering the extension number at the appropriate prompt.
We apologize for this temporary inconvenience, we are confident that our carrier will be able to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
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