Glen Ellyn, Ill. - College of DuPage has received a positive feedback report from a recent campus visit by a Higher Learning Commission peer review team, resulting in a recommendation that the institution receive no sanctions.
The peer review team's recommendation will be forwarded to the HLC's Institutional Actions Council before being considered by the HLC Board of Trustees in November.
"The past year and a half has been a period of learning, growth and improvement for the College," said COD President Dr. Ann Rondeau. "We greatly appreciate the time and effort of the Higher Learning Commission peer reviewers in their evaluation of College of DuPage and are also pleased they are recommending 'no sanctions' to the College's accreditation, which includes no probation."
Since being placed on a two-year probation in December 2015, College of DuPage leaders have done much to improve transparency, accountability and governance, she said.
"We take the words of the Higher Learning Commission very seriously, using the commission's input and critique to help strengthen the College through improved processes and procedures, increased collaboration with our faculty members, and a renewed commitment to providing the best education and services to our various constituency groups," Dr. Rondeau said. "Our efforts have resulted in stronger relationships within the institution as the administration and faculty work more closely to enhance and improve our teaching and learning."
While the peer review team did cite several items that still need to be completed, the overall recommendation of no sanctions reflects the College's diligent work in further strengthening the institution, said COD Board of Trustees Chairman Deanne Mazzochi.
"Even the best of institutions have room for improvement, and having an independent third-party comprehensive review of the College is one of the best ways to learn where changes and improvements can be made," Mazzochi said. "We will continue this work to ensure compliance with the HLC and fulfill our mission to be a center of excellence for the residents of District 502."
College leadership is confident in the measures taken thus far and anticipate a favorable HLC vote this fall, Mazzochi said.
COD Faculty Association President Dr. Richard Jarman applauded the Board, administration and faculty's efforts, which have resulted in a strengthened academic programming.
"The faculty has been very pleased to collaborate throughout this process and looks forward to continued cooperation toward the betterment of the College," Jarman said. "This has been an important exercise as we look forward to the future prosperity of College of DuPage and its students."
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