"The process will assure that IVC is providing quality education for students," said John Hunt, vice president for Academic Services. He added the focus of IVC is to provide training resources for the students in both the vocational and the transferable areas.
Recently IVC conducted a self-study to evaluate its performance as a college. The accreditation team reviewed the self-study as part of the accreditation process.
Some of the concerns the team addressed involved the need to improve communication at the college as well as the need for an updated mission statement.
It suggested a more focused approach to student success and a joint effort to work for the good of the students.
Other issues addressed were the flat enrollment rate in the college, and the effects it might have on the future budget.
Praising the dedicated faculty members and their commitment to the students, accreditation team members commended IVC for the active involvement of students in the student government, and the participation of the students, faculty and staff in the process of the self-study.
It was a sentiment Hunt echoed. Calling the faculty at IVC of the "highest quality," he said "they do have the students in mind. They provide quality education to the students"
IVC President/Superintendent Gilbert Dominguez agreed with the recommendations made by the accreditation team. He said the college now is able to start addressing some of the concerns.
Specifically noting the need to boost enrollment, Dominguez said college officials will have to do some "creative thinking." He mentioned an adult education program and an Internet distance learning program as possible solutions.
Hunt added a possible solution to increase enrollment would be to develop a non-credit program at the college. It would contain courses for students who want to learn, but do not need the credit.
The non-credit program is in the developing stages by IVC's curriculum and instruction committee. It would be state-funded, and be open to the students on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hunt hopes to have implemented the program by spring of 2002. He added that programs such as that were not previously developed due to state financial aid requirements, which were recently changed to make it possible for students to take non-credit courses and receive financial aid.
Dominguez said he is a strong advocate of the accreditation process stating, "it raises the institution to another level."
Dominguez was especially pleased the students were commended by the accreditation team which praised the students' attitudes toward learning.
Staff Writer Laura MacKenzie can be reached at 337-3442.