Governing Board President
Friends of Southwestern College,
We recently announced the reaffirmation of our accreditation status by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), meaning our College District was taken off probation. In its letter and report, the ACCJC described how the College District has made “many recent improvements to institutional practices to resolve accreditation deficiencies.” Southwestern College (SWC) has been an accredited institution of higher learning since 1964.
Thank you and congratulations to everyone who gave such an amazing amount of energy, talent and time to obtain the accreditation result we received. Few institutions could have accomplished what has been achieved at Southwestern College so far this year. What happened at SWC was the result of hard work by too many people to name. Future generations of students will benefit from the dedication of our current faculty, staff, student leaders, administrative team and others who made this favorable outcome possible.
Last month, the Board lost a committed and dedicated public servant. Former Board Member Nick Aguilar (Seat 3) stepped down on June 22, 2011, effective June 30, 2011. Nick chose to leave now so that a new trustee would be part of the screening and interview process for selecting a permanent Superintendent/President for Southwestern College.
I’ve known Nick for more than 20 years as a friend and public servant. Our community and country owe him a debt of gratitude. It has been a privilege to serve with him and SWC wishes him the best of luck in the future.
As you may know, the College District sought applications from residents within its boundaries to serve as an appointed member of the Governing Board to fill the balance of a four-year term up for election in November 2012. For more information, visit www.swccd.edu/govboardapp. A special board meeting to hear candidate presentations will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2.
Beyond accreditation and Board appointments, the State budget pervades our thinking and decision-making. Instead of hard numbers, California’s budget is based on revenue projections. If the State fails to generate the projected revenue, certain cuts are legislated into effect, including an additional fee increase of $10/unit in spring 2012 (bringing fees to $46/unit) and $30 million less funding to community colleges.
We are proud of our accreditation affirmation. But, as you can see, our work must go on.
Governing Board President