In usual fashion, President Robert Breuder gave his address to faculty to begin the semester.
In what would be a nearly hour long presentation featuring Vice President Jim Bente, the college applied for Baldridge accreditation and achieved bronze and the college was selected as part of the less than one percent of Higher Learning Commission accredited colleges that were selected to participate in the pilot program for the Baldridge accreditation, placing the college on the “cutting edge”.
The college’s strengths, however, were heavily biased towards the operational side of running a college, arguably one of President Breuder’s main focuses.
The sustainability of the college, and ability to run on limited contributions from the state were key to the success, along with innovations in technologies and facilities, 3 + 1 programs and the support of the community towards the college. Annual plans, and implementation of those plans, helped lead the college to success, but the educational side of the college was lacking; posting numbers below the average for student persistence rates between semester and developmental math and reading success, comparatively.
During the presentation, Bente pointed that although many of the aspects on the operational side attributed to the success, the educational side might not have caught up to the ideals and plans that have been set up since Breuder joined the college four short years ago, as only numbers from 2006-2010 were counted in the accreditation.
Although it may be hard to believe, approximately only another year remains until construction and renovations will be completed, but focusing on the educational side shouldn’t wait until then.
Although the numbers weren’t available for more recent semesters to be included on the application, the customers of the college are buying an education. While improved technology and facilities help improve learning, the education is what really matters and will hopefully reflect the same advances made on the operational side.