HLC Team Recommends 10-Year Accreditation Renewal for WCC
An eight-member consultant-evaluator team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association is recommending that Washtenaw Community College be granted an unconditional 10-year accreditation renewal, the maximum allowed by the HLC. The team, consisting of community college administrators and faculty from the central United States, will now pass its recommendation on to the HLC for final approval, which is expected to occur in February 2010.
This decision comes after a whirlwind three-day campus visit that capped over two years of preparation by the College. “This is truly a high mark for WCC,” said President Larry Whitworth. “I am extremely pleased with this recommendation.”
In anticipation of the visit, which occurs about every 10 years, the College prepared a comprehensive 312-page Self-Study Report to demonstrate how WCC fulfills the five criteria HLC uses to evaluate a college: mission and integrity; preparing for the future; student learning and effective teaching; acquisition, discovery, and application of knowledge; and engagement and service.
“This has been a massive undertaking involving many faculty and staff members who worked hard to make it a success,” said Bill Abernethy, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, who led preparation for the visit. “The HLC team was particularly impressed by our commitment to our mission to serve the student body and the community, by our excellent facilities, and by the high morale and positive feelings toward the College shown by those who work here. Everyone should be proud not only of the successful reaccreditation effort, but of the outstanding community college it reflects.”
WCC has been accredited by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission since 1973.