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RCTC Facing Looming Accreditation Deadline: 'We Really Have a Solid Foundation'

March 30, 2017 06:04 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Rochester Community and Technical College is up for reaffirmation of accreditation next month.

As part of the process to renew its status, the Higher Learning Commission will be doing an on-site Comprehensive Quality Review.

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With the looming site visit, ABC 6 reached out to the man in charge to see how the institution is doing as it prepares for the three-day visit.   

"We have been really busy the last 18 months getting ready for our accreditation site visit," said Dr. Greg Mosier.

RCTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Greg Mosier is the point man in charge of the college's accreditation for the past year and a half.  Being an accredited college is important because it allows for the institution to receive federal financial aid.

Mosier took over in 2015 after Marcus Babaoye, who was in charge of accreditation at RCTC, was removed from the lead role following our investigation.

Fast forward to now and things are looking much different.

ABC 6 News asked Mosier if there have been changes since former President Leslie McClellon's departure.

"Well, I'm looking to the future," said Mosier.  "We've done a lot of very good work and I'm really proud of what everyone is doing."

Some of that work includes creating a steering council made up of RCTC staff, faculty and administration working to meet every criterion needed for accreditation. 

According to Dr. Mosier the college now follows a very structured strategic plan to achieve the colleges core mission.

"We have an institutional quality council that looks at everything that we should be looking at and analyzes what we should be doing with that and how we can improve," he said.

In 2015, ABC 6 discovered a report by the Higher Learning Commission indicating the college was in serious trouble leading up to the site review next month.

Our investigation revealed language in the System Appraisal Feedback Report released in 2015 that stated, "there are serious concerns about the college's ability to maintain its accredited status."

However, Mosier tells us he is confident the college no longer reflects that report.  

"We really have a solid foundation to lead us moving forward," says Mosier. 

"Being regionally accredited is super important, and we will be after our visit."

Four members of the Higher Learning Commission will be on site for a couple of days from April 24-26.  The site visit will include focused sessions on meeting the criteria. 

A decision to be reaffirmed for accreditation is expected at the end of summer or early fall.


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