News - 07/25/2013

MiraCosta College Secures Full Accreditation

MiraCosta College and MiraCosta College’s Adult High School have earned official seals of approval from organizations charged with reviewing and accrediting education systems in California.

The MiraCosta Community College District and its San Elijo and Oceanside campuses were reaffirmed full accreditation through 2016 by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 

“The news regarding our district’s accreditation is outstanding and one that the college community has earned and should be very proud of,” Superintendent/President Dr. Francisco Rodriguez said. “Today, MiraCosta College is a stronger institution, which will result in better outcomes for our students.  Our accreditation status also assures the public of the quality of our academic programs and services, and appropriate stewardship of their resources and, perhaps most importantly, their trust.”

In July 2012, after a scheduled follow-up visit, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) lauded MiraCosta College for its institutional planning and learning assessment efforts, as well as for its practice of keeping an accreditation scorecard that provides the public with an easy-to-read summary of the steps taken. It also described the campus culture as welcoming and inclusive, while acknowledging the campus community as being well-informed and taking ownership of changes and improvements.

“MiraCosta evaluates its governance structure using an ongoing, pervasive, and systematic process and uses results to improve its institutional effectiveness,” stated the July 3 ACCJC letter to Dr. Rodriguez.

As part of the ongoing cycle of accreditation, MiraCosta College submitted is mid-term accreditation report in March of 2013. At its June meeting, the ACCJC considered the report and applauded the college for its recent work in the areas of student learning outcome assessment, the systematic processes of its governance structure, and the college’s move to improving institutional effectiveness. 

“This collective effort has resulted in the production of better systems, processes and results for MiraCosta College. The recommendations provide and opportunity to improve institutional effectiveness and to enhance service to students,” stated a recent follow-up report posted on the college’s website.

Dr. Robert Pacheco, MiraCosta College’s dean of Institutional Effectiveness, said the commission’s latest action affirms the high quality of education that students receive at MiraCosta College.

“It’s a very positive action and it’s a recognition that we’ve made some very significant improvements at the college,” Dr. Pacheco said.

In other accreditation news, the district’s Adult High School Diploma Program was granted full accreditation status through 2019 by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, also part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 

“This validates the strong commitment from our faculty and all the hard work they put in to meet the goals of our students,” said Dr. Alketa Wojcik, dean of Community Education, who was notified of the commission’s action in a July 3 letter.

To read the latest evaluation reports, or for more information about accreditation, visit www.miracosta.edu/accreditation. For additional information, contact Dr. Rodriguez at 760.795.6610 or Dr. Pacheco at 760.795.6846.

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