Mendocino College has much cause to celebrate. On June 29, Superintendent/President Reyes received official notice of Mendocino College's continued full accreditation status, the highest level of accreditation reaffirmation possible. This reaffirmation marks the 42nd year in which Mendocino College has been fully accredited without sanction.
In a letter from the Accrediting Commission for the Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Dr. Barbara Beno, President of ACCJC, informed Superintendent/President Reyes that, based on the Collge Follow-Up Report, evidence submitted, and the External Evaluation Team Report, the Commission has found that Mendocino College addressed all recommendations and meets all Commission Standards.
Superintendent/President Reyes states, "This is outstanding news for our campus community and reflects an extraordinary achievement, which would not have been possible without the many dedicated and talented people who teach, work and serve students at all the sites in the Mendocino-Lake Community College District."
Superintendent/President Reyes further notes that the tremendous work of various campus committees such as the Accreditation Steering Committee, the Planning and Budgeting Committee, the Academic Senate, the Classified Senate, the Associated Students of Mendocino College and the Committee on Institutional Effectiveness is at the core of the college's success. "These campus committees," states Superintendent/President Reyes, "provide the opportunity for faculty, staff, administrators and students to collaborate and forward the work of the campus in support of student success. They are to be commended for their efforts."
The accreditation process is one of on-going self-assessment in pursuit of continued improvement. As part of this continual process, the college will be required to submit a Mid-Term Report, which will be due to the Commission on March 15, 2017.