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February 8, 2008
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs gave Orange Coast College’s cardiovascular technology program a 10-year accreditation. Darryl Isaac, director of OCC’s program, said most programs receive five-year terms and the 10-year term is an achievement. According to the committee, OCC’s program exceeded established standards, which led to the recommendation. Isaac has been teaching cardiovascular technology programs since 1979.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | March 10, 2009
In their latest step to bring the school into line with accrediting standards, Vanguard University officials have appointed a new permanent president, the first woman to have the job in the school’s nearly 90-year history. The university’s Board of Trustees appointed interim-President Carol Taylor on Friday as the university’s official president. In that role she will be the face of the university come June when it faces possible sanctions on its accreditation.
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By Michael Alexander | November 13, 2008
OCC is making significant changes this fall in hopes of preserving its accreditation. Since June, OCC has been operating under a warning from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, part of the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges — the group that makes sure local colleges are up to widely accepted standards. After a routine audit in 2007 and a follow-up review in the spring, the commission gave a few recommendations that must be followed if the school is to remove the warning and avoid a process that could ultimately strip the college of its accreditation.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | February 6, 2014
The Coast Community College District board is continuing to take steps to maintain the accreditation of its three colleges. Trustees on Wednesday reviewed accreditation-related reports drafted by administrators at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Golden West in Huntington Beach and Coastline, which has a campus in Newport Beach and several other locations. Every six years, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) evaluates colleges' compliance with regulations that govern what they must do to be accredited - the stamp of educational quality that allows students to transfer to four-year universities.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 22, 2013
In a sometimes-tense meeting of the Coast Community College District trustees Wednesday, local college officials decided to distance themselves from a letter criticizing the body that oversees accreditation for two-year colleges in California and elsewhere. The district is in the middle of an accreditation process to determine if its colleges meet requirements for the stamp of educational quality backed by the U.S. Department of Education. Coast's three colleges - Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Golden West College in Huntington Beach and Coastline Community College, which has campuses in several locations, including Newport Beach - each received warnings about practices they must change or risk losing their accreditation.
NEWS
January 29, 2001
A Newport Beach preschool is among a small number of preschools in the country to earn accreditation by the National Assn. for the Education of Young Children. Newport Coast Child Development Preschool, which serves 300 children ages 2 1/2 to 5, now displays a torch symbol signifying that it was recently granted the prestigious accreditation. As of October, only 7% of preschool programs nationwide have earned the honor of displaying that symbol, said the school's director, Sara Guggenheim Kummerfeldt.
NEWS
December 18, 2009
Orange Coast College’s Polysomnographic Technology program has had its accreditation extended three years. The program, which is the state’s only such accredited program, trains students in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders like sleep apnea, narcolepsy and insomnia. There are only 25 such programs in the United States. An October state Senate bill requires that these practitioners to be certified. It was reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education, which examined students’ board exam results and employment success rather than putting the program though a full self-study and site visit.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
Orange Coast College named a new vice president of instruction with expertise in accreditation issues. North Dakota native John Weispfenning will take over July 2. He will oversee all instructional divisions, curriculum, academic scheduling and accreditation. "John brings to our campus an impressive record of academic excellence and high-level expertise in strategic planning," OCC President Dennis Harkins said in a prepared statement. "He's a skilled communicator and proven leader who understands both the challenges and opportunities facing California's community colleges.
NEWS
March 4, 2009
Vanguard University received three more months to get its act together before the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges will take any action regarding the college’s accreditation, school officials said. In a prepared statement, university President Carol Taylor notified students of the organization’s decision to grant an extension after meeting with them Feb. 18. The university’s leadership has been shaken up in recent months, with the interim-President Wayne Kraiss and board of trustees Chairman T. Ray Rachels both stepping down.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2008
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian’s Cancer Center has been honored by the American College of Surgeons, as the college’s Commission on Cancer provided the center with its CoC Outstanding Achievement Award and granted it a new three-year accreditation. The Commission on Cancer, founded in 2004, visits facilities every three years and rates them on leadership, management, clinical services, community outreach and other factors. Only 67 programs nationwide won the Outstanding Achievement Award this year.
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By Hannah Fry | April 15, 2014
Representatives from the body that oversees accreditation for community colleges in California visited the Coast Community College District's three campuses last week to track the district's progress. Every six years, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) evaluates colleges' compliance with regulations that govern what they must do to be accredited, which is somewhat of a stamp of educational quality that allows students to transfer to four-year universities and affects the type of funding that colleges are eligible to receive.
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By Hannah Fry | February 6, 2014
The Coast Community College District board is continuing to take steps to maintain the accreditation of its three colleges. Trustees on Wednesday reviewed accreditation-related reports drafted by administrators at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Golden West in Huntington Beach and Coastline, which has a campus in Newport Beach and several other locations. Every six years, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) evaluates colleges' compliance with regulations that govern what they must do to be accredited - the stamp of educational quality that allows students to transfer to four-year universities.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | October 31, 2013
In a heated special meeting of the Coast Community College District trustees Wednesday, the board struck down trustee Jerry Patterson's recommendations outlining how the district should remedy issues that have placed its three colleges at risk of losing accreditation. The board called the special meeting so that Patterson could present his ideas, said Board President Lorraine Prinsky. The board voted 4 to 1 against his recommendations, with trustee Jim Moreno absent. The district is in the middle of an accreditation process to determine whether its campuses meet requirements for the stamp of educational quality that ensures students can transition to four-year universities.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | September 12, 2013
Coast Community College District is taking steps to mend employee and educational practices that have placed its three colleges at risk of losing their educational credentials, accreditation committee members said Tuesday. The committee plans to file a report with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges by February, showing that the district and its colleges have fixed issues the commission raised earlier this year. "We have a plan in place at the district and college levels," said Vince Rodriguez, vice president of instruction and student services at Coastline and a committee member.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 22, 2013
In a sometimes-tense meeting of the Coast Community College District trustees Wednesday, local college officials decided to distance themselves from a letter criticizing the body that oversees accreditation for two-year colleges in California and elsewhere. The district is in the middle of an accreditation process to determine if its colleges meet requirements for the stamp of educational quality backed by the U.S. Department of Education. Coast's three colleges - Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Golden West College in Huntington Beach and Coastline Community College, which has campuses in several locations, including Newport Beach - each received warnings about practices they must change or risk losing their accreditation.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 10, 2013
Orange Coast College was told this month that it must rework some of its governance and educational practices or risk losing its accreditation. A 57-page report from the college's accrediting body said OCC is in line with the vast majority of requirements, but seven deficiencies drew warnings. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges notified OCC about the report's findings in a July 3 letter. Every six years, the organization evaluates colleges' compliance with a set of regulations governing what they must do to receive accreditation - a stamp of educational quality.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
Orange Coast College named a new vice president of instruction with expertise in accreditation issues. North Dakota native John Weispfenning will take over July 2. He will oversee all instructional divisions, curriculum, academic scheduling and accreditation. "John brings to our campus an impressive record of academic excellence and high-level expertise in strategic planning," OCC President Dennis Harkins said in a prepared statement. "He's a skilled communicator and proven leader who understands both the challenges and opportunities facing California's community colleges.
NEWS
June 18, 2011
The American Bar Assn. approved UC Irvine School of Law's provisional accreditation, officials said Tuesday. The law school, which opened in August 2009, joins five other universities with provisional accreditation from the ABA, according to a news release. "The ABA Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar said the Law School … fulfills the criteria necessary for provisional accreditation," according to the release. Provisional accreditation means the school's graduates can take the bar exam without first taking a qualifying exam.
LOCAL
By Amanda Gavin | January 5, 2010
Mesa Consolidated Water District’s (Mesa) Board of Directors is proud to announce that Mesa has received the District of Distinction Award (Award) from the Special District Leadership Foundation.   This is the second time Mesa has received the award. In 2007 Mesa became the fourth special district to receive this notable recognition. The Award is one of the most prestigious in local government in the state of California. This accreditation validates Mesa’s commitment to good governance and to ethical and sound operating practices.
NEWS
December 18, 2009
Orange Coast College’s Polysomnographic Technology program has had its accreditation extended three years. The program, which is the state’s only such accredited program, trains students in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders like sleep apnea, narcolepsy and insomnia. There are only 25 such programs in the United States. An October state Senate bill requires that these practitioners to be certified. It was reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education, which examined students’ board exam results and employment success rather than putting the program though a full self-study and site visit.
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