by Leslie M. Estrada
Last week, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) concluded its visit to the University of La Verne campus to evaluate its potential for continuing accreditation.
As a part of the evaluation, several panels, including one comprised of students, discussed issues related to the university with representatives of WASC last Thursday.
“The WASC committee was very pleased with our campus from the last time they were here 10 years ago,” said Dr. William Cook, vice president of academic affairs. “The campus is a premium quality of insurance that is new and in control of itself.
“They [WASC] gave a positive review that should re-issue the school’s accreditation,” said Dr. Cook.
After a month long visit to the University, WASC had the chance to visit all other off campus branches of the University.
The team of 11 local representatives including a single member of WASC visited the ULV campus in Greece and Alaska, as well as in cities of Ventura, Orange County and Bakersfield.
Representatives of the WASC committee included: Bob Caret, David Fike, Nancie Fimble, Phil Friedman, Melvin Hall, Pam Jolicoeur, Susan Mancuso, Bob Sherwood, Stan Gade, Keith Swigger, George Taylor, and Judie Gaffin Wexler, chairperson of the WASC office.
The members brought out the positive aspects of the campus, as well as focusing on areas needing improvement.
Areas that were stressed for enhancement were career services, facilities and space, as well as an increasing faculty and staff.
“Although the areas mentioned are things that need to be addressed in improvement, they are still considered as indicators of success as a whole for the university,” said Dr. Cook.
Some of the areas that made an impression were the responses on diversity, the University’s mission statement, general education program and topics such as housing, parking and space.
The student panel was to assist the committee in familiarizing itself with the school.
“Professors know how to work with students because classes are small in size,” said sophomore Chris Golden.
Sophomore Ross Mathews was also one of the panelists.
“Because the school is so small in size, it’s a lot more hands-on, building the whole integrity of the school,” he said.
In addition to the informative student panel, ULV officials met with members of WASC in order to discuss the University’s rank for being an accredited institution of higher learning.
Concluding its visit was the exit interview which finalizes all evaluation of ULV as a whole, conducted by Dr. Cook.