ACCREDITATION TEAM PRAISES SMC AS “OUTSTANDING,”
Santa Monica College was commended today (March 25) for being an “outstanding” college in a preliminary report from the Accreditation Team that spent three days on campus conducting a detailed review of the institution.
SMC received high praise in many areas, including its “outstanding” instructional programs, “comprehensive and vibrant” student service programs, student retention efforts, its new Library, and more.
At the same time, the team urged the campus community to “move past the disagreements” that have marked internal relations over the past year – which, the team recognized, was precipitated by the college’s financial difficulties, much of which stemmed from the state budget crisis.
“You are simply, in our words, outstanding,” said Dr. Guy Lease, accreditation team chair and superintendent/president of Lake Tahoe Community College.
“The team found a college that provides outstanding academic and student services,” he said. “But we also found a campus in pain.”
The 12-member team spent three days on campus to validate SMC’s “Institutional Self-Study for Reaffirmation of Accreditation” and make recommendations on the fulfillment of SMC’s mission and goals.
Team members held two open meetings; met with nearly 300 faculty members, classified employees, administrators and students; observed classes; sat in on meetings; and attended today’s Club Row.
The team will write a report that will be sent to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which is expected to reaffirm SMC’s accreditation in June.
“The preliminary report was a testimony to the excellence of the people and the programs of this institution,” SMC President Dr. Piedad Robertson said. “We understand the preliminary recommendations of the team and, when the final report is submitted to the college, we will have the courage to make the necessary changes.”
In an “exit interview,” Lease outlined the major points for commendation and for recommendations for improvement.
The special commendations included:
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