Saint Martin's College reaccredited by commission
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Lacey, Wash. - Saint Martin’s College has been
notified that its accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges
and Universities has been reaffirmed.
This reaffirmation was based on a comprehensive
self-study completed by the college in October 2002 and on a three-day
site visit by a team of 11 evaluators selected by the commission from
other colleges and universities. The team interviewed faculty, students,
staff and administrators; reviewed program curricula; examined
facilities and resources; and ensured that Saint Martin’s met the nine
standards by which the commission insures the quality of higher
education institutions and their programs.
“The evaluation is intended to help colleges and
universities distinguish their strengths and weaknesses and point out
directions for change and improvement,” said Saint Martin’s College
President David R. Spangler, Ph.D. “We appreciate the substantive
comments and recommendations offered to the college by the commission.”
The process also assures that all course credits taken
and degrees earned at Saint Martin’s College are official and, if
appropriate, transferable to other college and universities.
In its letter to the college, the Commission stated
that it “commends the college on its candid and thoughtful self-study.”
Additional commendations included the college’s support of faculty
development funding, improvements in the physical facilities and the
degree of faculty commitment to student advising and instruction.
The commission asked that within the next year, the
college address the need for institutional research and data collection
essential to program evaluation, resource allocation, services and
activities; finalize a plan for post-tenure review of faculty; develop a
college-wide system for specifying and assessing program and student
outcomes for each academic program; and institute a plan to increase the
core collection in the library.
Saint Martin’s is a Roman Catholic, Benedictine,
coeducational college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the
liberal arts and professions at its main campus near Olympia as well as
its Fort Lewis Army Post and McChord Air Force Base extension campuses.
The college has been continuously accredited since 1937. The self-study
and site visit marked the regular 10-year evaluation cycle.
For more information:
David R. Spangler
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