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.
Imperial Valley College debuted its annual student art show on Thursday at an informal reception in the Juanita Lowe Gallery on campus.
The 7th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition of the Millennium will be on display during regular gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until April 4.
The following slideshow is a preview of the exhibition by IVC journalism student Brandy Ronek.
By Ishmael Ramirez and Alexandra Rangel
Photos by Brandy Ronek
IMPERIAL, Calif.--Award-winning documentary filmmakers were featured speakers before a local audience of more than 50 students, artists, and journalists at Imperial Valley College on Saturday Feb. 18 in the first Sundance Institute documentary filmmaking workshop for storytellers that included instructing participants in how to secure artistic and financial support.
"We support artists of independent vision who are inspired to make whatever their story is," Rahdi Taylor, associate director of the documentary film program at Sundance, said. The renowned Utah-based organization funds an international range of 30 to 40 artists every year with more than $1 million in grant-funding, although Taylor said there are no prerequisites to apply for a grant.
"We don't care, per se, whether or not you've attended film school, or have certain kinds of degrees and experiences," Taylor said during the workshop introduction. "You do have to have the material, the work that speaks for itself. It's about the work, and it's about the passion of the artist."
Sundance-funded filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor advised workshop participants on how to establish a rapport with the people being filmed in a documentary. Maytorena Taylor showed clips of the award-winning "Paulina," a film she co-produced in 1998 with Vicky Funari, chronicling the lifelong hardships of a woman from Veracruz, Mexico, who was sold by her parents into slavery at a very young age.
In order to get the precise emotion and footage Maytorena Taylor wanted for the film, she said she had to establish a trusting relationship with the title subject, Paulina Cruz Suarez. Maytorena Taylor and her crew needed to make Paulina feel comfortable, because she would frequently become emotional during filming and interviewing. Producing Paulina's story took more than three years.
The IVC/Sundance workshop, which was also co-presented by the Imperial County Film Commission, was a means of learning artistic methods for participants like students from the documentary film class at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in Mexicali, Mexico, headed by instructor Paulina Castro.
"The tips were really good," said Castro. "I loved the comparison of techniques between Ray and Jennifer," she said. "It was very good to get both the male and female perspective."
Richard Ray Perez, the second documentary presenter at the workshop, tutored attendees in a timeline method of storytelling—specifically with his documentary story of labor leader Cesar Chavez during a 36-day fasting odyssey in the 1980s, and weaving Chavez's personal 65-year history into the storyline.
Sundance chose the Imperial Valley as its first documentary workshop venue because of its so-called "underserved" locale.
"There's so much to be told," said former high school science teacher Vincent Suerta, who was in attendance. "The field is so open, and there is nothing coming out of here. No movies. No books. This is where the real stories are rooting from."
While Sundance chose the Imperial Valley for its first documentary workshop venue, another Sundance program—Film Forward—will present a documentary event from May 1-4 in conjunction with the second annual Imperial Valley Film Festival and Artists Showcase.
Alexandra Rangel, Ishmael Ramirez and Brandy Ronek are journalism students at Imperial Valley College.
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