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Chemeketa remains accredited after excellent review

Bldg. 9, lit up at night, is a prime example of Chemeketa maintaining beautiful campus grounds.

Bldg. 9, lit up at night, is a prime example of Chemeketa maintaining beautiful campus grounds.

By Nathan Pisano – Photo by Terri Jacobson

Chemeketa passed with flying colors.

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities visited the campus April 8 through 10 to evaluate Chemeketa’s accreditation status.

The evaluation went well.

Chemeketa received six commendations and two recommendations.

Andrew Bone, the college’s vice president of Governance and Admissions, said that six commendations and two recommendations was a good mark.

Chemeketa was commended for the following:

  • Having established great interaction and collaboration with the community;
  • Maintaining beautiful campus grounds;
  • Handling the challenging state budget situation well, especially while leadership was changing;
  • Exemplary commitment to pre-college level students;
  • A rigorous curriculum approval process and good support provided to faculty; and
  • Its commitment to students and the support services offered.

One recommendation was that Chemeketa should have outcomes published for all of the programs offered and that they accurately reflect student learning.

The other recommendation was that the college should make sure that the indicators and the definition of mission fulfillment match up. This would ensure that the measurements associated with each indicator would provide useful information.

“Colleges have a mission, and there are indicators along the way that show that we are on course,” Bone said.

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