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NWCCU completes second evaluation visit

NWCCU visiting team from left to right are: Dr. David Woodall, chair, Dr. James McLaughlin, Dr. Mike King, Dr. Scott Howell, Dr. Albert Johnson, Dr. Philip Backlund and Ms. Patricia Charlton.

NWCCU visiting team from left to right are: Dr. David Woodall, chair, Dr. James McLaughlin, Dr. Mike King, Dr. Scott Howell, Dr. Albert Johnson, Dr. Philip Backlund and Ms. Patricia Charlton.

The second evaluation visit by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is now complete, moving Capilano University one step closer to initial accreditation with the U.S.-based organization.

A seven-person NWCCU team visited the University in April and left the institution with four new recommendations, as well as five commendations.

The first NWCCU comprehensive evaluation visit to Capilano was in October 2007. Candidacy was granted at the January 2008 NWCCU board meeting. The institution has five years from when it was granted candidacy to achieve accreditation. Standard procedure also calls for two more evaluations to take place by 2012.

The institution’s next step will be to work on the four recent recommendations and integrate evidence of meeting the NWCCU standards into the next self-study report. The first self-study was compiled by a steering committee led by faculty members Karen Ewing and Stephen Williams, in collaboration with the President’s Office. The latest self-study was coordinated by Dr. Jackie Snodgrass, vice president – Education, Academic and Arts programs.

“The evaluation team was very impressed with our ability to develop and offer programs that meet community needs,” Jackie said. “It also felt that our self-study was very readable and a good size, however they had some suggestions for improvement which we will incorporate next time.”

Jackie also noted that the committee members are all volunteers from other institutions who have gone through the same accreditation process.

“They worked very hard to understand what we’re doing and how we’re doing it,” she said, “and they were helpful with suggestions for meeting NWCCU standards.”

The University president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Greg Lee, has been invited to attend the NWCCU’s board meeting in July when the evaluation team’s full report will be presented. The report will be posted on Frontlines under Papers and Reports, as well as on the main website under About Capilano University/Accreditation.

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