Butte College has been reaccredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for six years. This six year reaccreditation is the longest period of accreditation the commission offers and provides a positive affirmation of the quality of the college's programs and initiatives.
Butte College President Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg was notified by the President of WASC's Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Dr. Barbara Beno this month. The reaccreditation culminates a multi-year process that included an in-depth institutional self-study and a site visit from a team of nine faculty and administrators representing seven colleges in March.
"This result reaffirms that Butte College is an outstanding institution with a superb faculty, dedicated staff, and high quality programs. Only about one third of the colleges seeking reaccreditation through the ACCJC are currently being reaccredited," said Van Der Ploeg. "Our goal was to demonstrate to the commission the academic excellence of Butte College and how we clearly serve as a model for putting students first in all we do. We met this goal."
The visiting team commended the college in a number of areas including: leadership in sustainability; strengthening the depth, breadth, and integration of its planning processes; a strong curriculum review process; community outreach; and creating and maintaining a positive and nurturing campus climate for students, employees, and community members.
"The team was impressed by the ways that the college is integrating sustainability into student learning and campus planning; its operation of a special needs evacuation shelter during the 2008 wildfires; its nationally recognized Make A Difference Day activities; and the creativity demonstrated by students, employees, and administrators in pursuing and implementing projects and services the enhance the campus learning environment," said Les Jauron, Butte College Vice President of Planning and Information.
Van Der Ploeg credited the faculty, staff, students, and managers who participated in the accreditation process.
"The leadership displayed by our steering committee was instrumental to our success," said Van Der Ploeg. "I'd particularly like to thank Carol Stanley-Hall, our faculty accreditation coordinator, Dr. Baba Adam, our accreditation liaison, and Les Jauron, our administration accreditation co-chair for coordinating this massive effort."
The college will receive its next accreditation site visit in 2015.