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Tuesday, February 08, 2011.

AVC’s accreditation reaffirmed

Following an extensive self study and review by professionals from other colleges, Antelope Valley College’s accreditation has been reaffirmed for another six years by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

“With so many California community colleges that have faced accrediting sanctions in recent years, we are proud of the fact that AVC continues to meet all the standards for reaffirming our accreditation,” said President Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr. “This reflects the hard work and high standards of the college’s faculty and staff.”

Fisher noted that accreditation may not be understood by those outside of education, but it is critical to assuring that education institutions are complying with a rigorous set of standards.

Last year, the college published a 415-page self study that documented how the college is maintaining accreditation standards. That was followed by a review team visit to campus in October 2010 that evaluated the self study and evidence that AVC is meeting standards.

Then, last month, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) formally reaffirmed AVC’s accreditation.

The commission directed AVC to provide a followup report in 2012 on four recommendations of the evaluation team. One of the recommendations called for AVC to demonstrate compliance with implementing and assessing student learning outcomes, a fairly recent accountability standard required of colleges.

In addition, AVC has been asked to:

  • Raise the quality of instructional programs and instill a culture of evidence across the college.
  • Enhance the effectiveness of technology, including appropriate security for administrative data and computer network security.
  • Consider its long-range financial obligation to pay post-employment benefits to retirees.

The college was formally commended for the work of its Institutional Research Office in providing data for decision making and for leadership demonstrated by the college trustees, president and administrators, Academic Senate president, and classified and faculty union presidents.

For more information on the ACCJC’s actions, visit http://www.accjc.org