Imperial Valley College is one of five winners in this year's California Community Colleges Board of Governors annual Energy and Sustainability Awards competition.
A new pathway may soon open up for Imperial Valley students hoping to earn a four-year degree locally, as Imperial Valley College last week entered into a memorandum of understanding with CETYS University in Mexicali.
The MOU between the two institutions establishes an exchange program, allowing students to do their first two college years at IVC and then transfer to CETYS - the only Mexican university with Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation - for their final two years.
Congratulations to all of our 2014 graduates! This was our largest class ever and the first graduation to be live streamed on graduation day. Good luck to all of our students in their future endeavors and we look forward to all that you will accomplish! Go IVC!
By Heric Rubio, Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer
Imperial Valley College held its annual College & University Day and Career Fair on Monday morning, bringing students across the Valley face-to-face with representatives from different walks of life.
Held inside the school's gymnasium, the fair served as an "opportunity for community students to meet reps and obtain info about careers and colleges," said Beatriz Avila, a counselor at IVC.
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.
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.
People interested in learning how they can participate can contact the IVC President's office at (760) 355-6219.
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.
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