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By Heric Rubio, IVPress Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — Imperial Valley College students and faculty were treated to a lecture on the arts, education and the importance of finding one's self when one of the school's most famous alumni visited the campus Thursday.

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Additional Information and Forums Schedule

Imperial Valley College will be "on the road" over the next two months, seeking opinions and input from local citizens during 11 local community forums as it develops its new strategic Master Plan and vision for the future.

Two additional forums will be held on campus.

"This will be the fourth time in the past 10 years that we have held these listening forums throughout the Valley," said IVC President Victor Jaime. "The information we compile from the public has resulted in monumental changes to both our instructional programs as well as our facilities."

The forums are the foundational step for the college's 2014-2017 strategic plan that will be developed over the next year.

"Most importantly, we will also have a comfort level that we are truly heading in the same direction as our broader community," Jaime said.

Faculty members, administrators and other IVC staff as well as students will be serving as focus group hosts, facilitators and recorders.
"This is a total effort by our full campus and I really appreciate the enthusiasm we are getting as we start this process," Jaime said. "We have a great staff and this will give us an opportunity to showcase them even more as we have this discourse with our customers."

The campus forums are noon September 19 and 5 p.m. November 7.

  • The community meetings begin Tuesday, September 24, with a 6 p.m. forum in the El Centro Chamber of Commerce offices, 1095 S. Fourth Street, El Centro.
  • It will continue at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 26, in the Calipatria Unified School District Board Room, 501 W. Main St., Calipatria
  • Other meetings include:
  • Imperial: Tuesday, October 1, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Imperial Unified School District Board Room, 219 N. E Street, Imperial.
  • Brawley: Thursday, October 3, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Brawley Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 204 S. Imperial Ave., Brawley.
  • Holtville: Tuesday, October 8, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Holtville City Council Chambers, 121 W. Fifth St., Holtville.
  • San Pasqual: Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. San Pasqual High School Library, 676 Baseline Road, Winterhaven.
  • Seeley: Tuesday, October 15, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Seeley Union School Multipurpose Room, 1812 W. Rio Vista, Seeley.
  • Westmorland: Thursday, October 17, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Westmorland Union School Multipurpose Room, 200 South C, Westmorland.
  • Niland: Tuesday, October 22, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Niland Chamber of Commerce, 8031 Highway 111, Niland.
  • Calexico: Thursday, October 24, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Calexico Camarena Memorial Library, 850 Encinas Ave., Calexico.
  • Heber: Tuesday, November 5, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Heber School Multipurpose Room, 1052 Heber Ave., Heber.
  • Residents are invited to attend any of the meetings.

People interested in learning how they can participate can contact the IVC President's office at (760) 355-6219.

View the Full Accreditation Team Report

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:

View the original article on Borderzine.com

By KARINA LOPEZ
Staff Writer
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!

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About Accreditation

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/

Read more: Upcoming Accreditation Site Visit on March 11th

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.

This event is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Imperial Valley College, in partnership with Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Imperial Valley Independent Business Alliance (IVIBA), Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce, Brawley Chamber of Commerce, Imperial Chamber of Commerce, El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, and Calexico Chamber of Commerce. Imperial Valley College is located at 380 East Aten Road, Imperial, CA 92251. For more information please contact Melisa M. Vasquez at (760) 355-6156, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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