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WASC Removes COM from Probation and Reaffirms Accreditation Commission acknowledges substantial progress made

KENTFIELD, Calif., July 1, 2008—The College of Marin received official notification that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC WASC), has removed all sanctions and fully reaffirmed the college’s accreditation.
“This is a great day for the College of Marin,” said COM Superintendent/President Frances L. White, Ph.D.

“It is a testament to the hard work of the new Academic Senate leadership, faculty, and administrative and classified staff who worked together tirelessly to address the final outstanding recommendation. It is also a tribute to the Board of Trustees who made addressing the sanctions their top priority,” added White.

At its June 4-6, 2008 meeting, the Accrediting Commission reviewed the Progress Report submitted by COM and the report of the evaluation team, which visited the campus on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. The Commission accepted the report and removed the college from Probation and all other sanctions.

COM was placed on Probation in February 2008 pending the college’s compliance with Recommendation #3. At that time, College of Marin had complied with four out of five of ACCJC WASC’s 2005 recommendations.

Today’s letter from ACCJC WASC President Dr. Barbara A. Beno signifies that the college has addressed all five recommendations.
“The College has made substantial and weighty progress in resolving this recommendation and other institutional issues that led to this deficiency,” said Dr. Beno.

The reaffirmation of accreditation confirms that COM is moving in the right direction. COM’s Board of Trustees President Carole Hayashino commends all those who participated in assuring the college’s accreditation.

“WASC’s reaffirmation of COM’s accreditation is great news. The faculty, staff, and administration, particularly Superintendent/President Frances White, Vice President Anita Martinez, Academic Senate Chair Yolanda Bellisimo, are to be applauded for their leadership in strategically and systematically addressing the long-standing WASC recommendations,” said Hayashino.

The Visiting Team Report submitted by team members Dr. Sherrill L. Amador and Edmund H. Buckley commended college faculty and staff for their work.

“The team was impressed with the degree to which the faculty seemed to have embraced this challenge, as well as the cooperation evident between the faculty [Academic Senate] leaders and the chief instructional officer and other administrators and staff members,” says Amador in her April 2008 written report.

A total of 61 program reviews were completed in a five-month period that started in November 2007.

The team report also asserts that “the College of Marin must continue using its newly developed processes and plans on an annual basis….It is important for the college as a whole to be vigilant in sustaining its integrated planning processes and completing its plans over several years to ensure improved quality and institutional effectiveness for its students and communities served.”




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