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For Immediate Release
July 9, 2014

Commission Approves Reaffirmation of Accreditation for Riverside Community College District's Three Colleges


The Riverside Community College District today announced that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, voted to reaffirm accreditation for Moreno Valley College, Norco College, and Riverside City College.

"These are well-deserved outcomes for our three colleges," said RCCD Interim Chancellor Irving G. Hendrick. "The decisions reflect the quality of our institutions and the excellence of faculty and staff. We are proud of our service to students and the role we play in their academic and career successes."

Reaffirmation of accreditation means that the colleges were found to substantially meet or exceed accreditation requirements. The three colleges are required to submit follow-up reports by October 15, 2015 showing that they have addressed a small number of recommendations noted in the accrediting teams' reports. Commission representatives will conduct basic follow-up visits after receiving the colleges' reports.

Norco College President Paul Parnell called the ACCJC decision "great news for Norco College," adding that staff, faculty and administrators work continuously to make Norco "the best learning environment possible."

"This recognition of our work to create a quality educational experience for students is a great source of pride for the entire college community," said Moreno Valley College President Sandra Mayo.

Each of the colleges is independently accredited, with Norco and Moreno Valley colleges first accredited in 2010. Riverside's accreditation history dates to 1963 when RCC was awarded full accreditation from the Western College Association.

"Over the past century Riverside City College has cultivated a culture of excellence, a pride, passion, and a commitment of fulfilling its mission of serving the students and the community," said RCC Interim President Wolde-Isaac. "As we prepare to celebrate our 100th anniversary we remain well poised with heightened pride and commitment to enter into the next century."

Commission recommendations applicable to all three colleges centered on evaluation of student learning outcomes (which aligns with the statewide Student Success Initiative) and the continual evaluation of college processes. RCCD as a district received two recommendations related to long-term technology and employment benefits planning.

Moreno Valley College also will look to refine program review, its career technical course outline review process, and enrollment and financial planning. Norco College will concentrate on outcomes in business services, while Riverside City College will focus on resource planning and total cost of facilities ownership.

The Commission stated the recommendations were ones the RCCD colleges can resolve in a short time period.

"Along with celebrating the successful accreditation outcomes, our colleges have started work on the recommendations," Hendrick said. "We appreciate the visiting accrediting teams' hard work and the Commission's review. The findings reinforce that our colleges are in excellent shape overall, but we are committed to making them even better."