The Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Schools (WASC ACS) six-member accreditation visiting team spent three productive days, March 14-16, 2011, visiting North Orange County Community College District’s (NOCCCD) School of Continuing Education (SCE) classrooms, meeting with faculty and staff, and interviewing students. The WASC team’s visit marked SCE’s first self-study since being granted initial accreditation in July 2008.
The WASC team presented their self-study visit findings to SCE Provost Christine Terry and over 100 SCE staff, faculty and administrators at a meeting held at the Anaheim Campus on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. NOCCCD Board of Trustee members Leonard Lahtinen and Molly McClanahan as well as Chancellor Dr. Ned Doffoney were also present for the meeting where the SCE strengths and areas of future focus were shared.
The final WASC report, developed by the visiting team, is now posted on the SCE website:
SCE was given commendations in many areas, but most notably in the following:
Areas of future focus for SCE included providing for more student input, particularly by adding a student representative to the decision-making body of the school, Provost’s Cabinet; reviewing research data on a systematic basis and finalizing the development of the SLO assessment cycle. Other suggestions included sharing SCE success stories with the NOCCCD as well as the community, media, and legislators; continuing to cross-train employees in critical business areas of SCE; cultivating additional funding sources for matriculation and professional development programs; enhancing long-term planning for fiscal resources; and looking at additional space for growth to accommodate students on expanding program waitlists.
SCE’s WASC accreditation chair Kay Palush summed up the findings by emphasizing the tremendous focus on learning throughout the school. Provost Terry gave credit and thanks to the faculty and staff members who contributed to the self-assessment report and the preparation for the visit. From adding documents to SCE’s virtual evidence room to physically preparing the campuses, SCE was fully prepared for the accreditation visit. A special note of gratitude was given to SCE’s WASC accreditation chair, Adam S. U. Gottdank, Ph.D.
The self-study final report created by the visiting team has been sent to the WASC commission with the team’s recommendation for full, partial or temporary accreditation for SCE as well as the accreditation cycle term, which, if granted full accreditation, could be up to a maximum of six years. This final recommendation from WASC will be sent to the SCE Provost’s Office in July 2011.
The School of Continuing Education (SCE) 2011 Spring Term Registration began on Tuesday, February 22. Registration for all classes is now open until the day before the class begins or until the class is full. An online registration tutorial, and handy registration worksheet, is available at all times at http://sce.edu/registration
For a full list of class offerings, visit the schedule at http://sce.edu/schedule
2011 SCE Spring Term will begin the week of March 21, 2011; Kids College and Teen Program 2011 Spring Term classes begin the week of April 2, 2011.
New Classes for Spring
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Small Business Marketing Strategies; Legal Issues for Small Business
CLOTHING DESIGN: Technical and Creative Use of Serger Machine I: Knits
DANCE: Ballroom Dancing-Rhythm and Latin Style: Cha Cha, Swing, Rumba, Mambo, Samba; Ballroom Dancing-Smooth Style: Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: Children with Special Needs
ENGLISH & COMMUNICATION: Networking-Basics of Building Relationships
KIDS’ COLLEGE & TEEN PROGRAM: Calculus III [Integral Calculus] (Grades 10+, Basic Hand Sewing (Grades 4-6), Practical Summer Crafts (Grades 7-12), Basic Clothing Construction (Grades 8-12)
PARENTING FOR PARENTS ONLY: Raising Caring Kids
With the popularity of the SCE Career Technical Education (CTE) certificate programs growing, it is highly recommended that NEW students attend the Information Workshop for their respective certificate program of interest. The Information Workshops provide students with an overview of the program, certificate and course requirements, the registration process, and the employment outlook for that career.
Students can RSVP to any of the following CTE certificate program Information Workshops by calling 714-808-4681. Students are urged to be on time; late arrivals will not be admitted.
– Monday, February 14, 2011, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., AC/Board Room
– Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, AC/Room 105; if you cannot attend, join this session via telephone by calling (888) 886-3951 and entering pass code: 529127.
– Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., AC/Room 105; if you cannot attend, join this session via telephone by calling (888) 886-3951 and entering pass code: 631595.
SCE will receive an accreditation review site visit by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission on Schools on March 14-16, 2011. The following links and materials are provided for reference in preparation for this visit: Important materials:
The 2011 School of Continuing Education (SCE) Spring Term class schedule is now available on the SCE website at www.sce.edu/schedule.
Printed schedules will be delivered to the SCE campuses and community the week of January 31, 2011. Classes begin the week of March 21, 2011.
REGISTRATION DATES FOR SPRING
HOLIDAY NOTE: The SCE offices will be closed Friday, February 18, 2011 - Monday, February 21, 2011 in honor of the President’s Day Holidays.
Online registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 22 for CTE registration and Wednesday, February 23 for SCE registration. Computers for online registration are available on February 23 and 24 at the SCE registration offices at the following times:
Click on the following link to view a list of 2011 Spring CTE classes that are eligible for registration on Tuesday, February 22, 2011: http://sce.edu/news/media/blogs/ar/CTE_EarlyRegistration_Spring201035.pdf A clock symbol has been placed in the class schedule to indicate the CTE courses that are eligible for registration on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:00 a.m.
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM INFORMATION WORKSHOPS It is HIGHLY recommended that NEW students attend a CTE Certificate Program Information Workshop! The Information Workshop will provide students with an overview of the program, certificate and course requirements, the registration process, and the employment outlook.
To reserve your place at any of the following CTE Certificate Program Information Workshops, please call 714-808-4681 with your name; we will not call you back. Be on time; latecomers will not be admitted.
Administrative Assistant Certificate: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Anaheim Campus (AC) Board Room, 1st Floor
Early Childhood Education Certificate: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., AC Board Room
Pharmacy Technician Certificate: Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., AC Board Room
Medical Assistant Certificate: You must meet eligibility requirements for the Medical Assistant Certificate Program. Choose one of the following sessions; No RSVP is needed; all sessions held at AC: