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Education

Higher Learning Commission removes College of DuPage from probation

Commission put college on probation for 2 years in December 2015

College of DuPage
College of DuPage

The College of DuPage is no longer on probation.

The Higher Learning Commission removed the sanction of probation for COD, effective Nov. 2.

"HLC took this action based on the college’s ability to demonstrate that it meets HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation," a public disclosure from the Higher Learning Commission stated.

In December 2015, the commission put the college on probation for two years after expressing concerns about its integrity and governance. The college has tried to address the Higher Learning Commission's concerns by doing such things as requiring all employees to undergo ethics training, converting the Waterleaf restaurant into a purely instructional operation and creating a board audit committee.

According to the disclosure, the commission will continue to monitor COD, and it has requested the college file a report by May 15, 2018, on topics "including processes related to course outcomes as well as documentation of credit-hour calculation for all delivery methods."

In addition, COD will host a focused visit by September 2019 addressing ethical behavior and training among its trustees and leadership support of collaborative processes, according to the commission. The visit also will look at student assessment and outcomes; student retention, persistence and completion; planning and success measurements; and institutional performance improvement.

COD President Ann Rondeau was pleased with the Higher Learning Commission's action.

“The HLC review process was comprehensive and it provided us an opportunity to thoroughly review our practices and ultimately strengthen the college,” Rondeau said in a news release. “We are grateful to the HLC Board of Trustees for their vote to remove the sanction of probation. It is a time to be proud of the extraordinary efforts executed by the entire college community. We have work ahead, and I am confident that we will lead in setting the standard.”

COD board Chairwoman Deanne Mazzochi said getting the college off probation was a group effort.

"We would not be here today without the hard work and cooperation of every college stakeholder—the board, administration, faculty, students and the community," Mazzochi said in the release. "Dr. Rondeau took the helm to sail us past this vital step, and we now have benchmarks for even greater progress."

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