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Updated at 7:52 a.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2007

UH community colleges' accreditation renewed

Advertiser Staff

All seven of the University of Hawai'i community colleges have received reaffirmation of their accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the school announced yesterday.

In the same action, the commission also removed the warning status from Windward Community College.

"I'm very pleased with the positive tone of the evaluation reports," said John Morton, UH Vice President for Community Colleges. "The renewal of the community colleges' accreditation reaffirms the quality of our institutions and the commitment of our fine faculty and staff in providing the highest level of instruction and service possible."

In the report to UH President David McClain, the commission acknowledged the changes that were made in order to support the accreditation of the individual colleges.

Along with the accreditation approval, the ACCJC review teams recommended that the colleges review and evaluate institutional effectiveness of its strategic planning processes, program review and assessment practices, and governance and decision-making structures.

The next regular accreditation review will be in 2012, with interim and mid-term reports to be prepared by each campus on a prescribed timeline.