MHCC’s Accreditation Reaffirmed
Posted: March 14, 2014
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is pleased to announce that its accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
The reaffirmation is the result of an in-depth evaluation called “Year Three Self-Evaluation Report” that MHCC submitted to NWCCU in September 2013 as part of the accrediting organization’s seven-year evaluation cycle.
“The richness of perspectives and the collegial manner of collecting information and data built a strong foundation for this self-evaluation,” notes Debbie Derr, MHCC president. “This inclusive process provided multiple opportunities for all staff to discuss, synthesize and give feedback.”
NWCCU shared the good news about MHCC’s reaffirmed accreditation in February. A summary of the report concludes:
- MHCC’s president and board members (all relatively new to their positions) are committed to moving the college forward.
- The college has the resources necessary to fulfill its mission.
- The self-study process has been a collective effort of employees and students.
- The college is continuing the iterative process of self-reflection and self-study.
The NWCCU evaluation team commended MHCC on a number of best practices, including the launch of its new Diversity Resource Center, Financial Aid Fridays, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Learning Center and the Orientation Center. Faculty, staff and administrators also received praise for fostering a climate of openness and inclusiveness through the college’s council structure and for using this structure to direct limited operating and capital resources in support of its mission and core themes.
Evaluators identified three opportunities for improvement: defining the college’s mission fulfillment, establishing measurable objectives for such, and improving the consistency of continuing education unit awards (CEUs). Continuing education units are a form of recognition given for professional development.