Central Virginia Community College
Contact: Dr. John Capps
Phone: (434) 832-7601
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2012
Launches Focus ‘14 Initiative,
Responds to SACSCOC Accreditation Action
LYNCHBURG – Dr. John S. Capps, president of Central Virginia Community College (CVCC), today announced a new initiative – FOCUS ’14: Every Student, Every Program, Every Success – designed to deepen the college’s emphasis on assessing academic programs and demonstrating student success.
The initiative follows the recent action of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to continue CVCC’s accreditation but to place the college on probation because it has not demonstrated compliance in evaluating the effectiveness of its educational programs. This standard expects an institution to demonstrate that it identifies expected student learning/educational program outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves those outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on the results.
“To a large degree, we have not done a good job of documenting our strengths so we can build upon them, and we need to do a better job of identifying our weaknesses so we can improve upon them,” said Capps. “This sanction does not reflect upon the quality of CVCC’s academic programs or its faculty, which are both outstanding. Rather, it reflects the fact that the college has not established adequate mechanisms for measuring and demonstrating the effectiveness of its programs – and using those assessments for continuous improvement.”
As a result, the FOCUS ’14 initiative will have three goals, to:
· Strengthen the college’s assessment program;
· Ensure the value of credentials earned at CVCC; and to
· Empower all CVCC faculty and staff within a culture of student success.
“Beginning today, we are going to do a better job of evaluating our programs,” Capps said. “I know we are up to the task. Over the next few weeks, we will outline additional details of the new initiative.”
“We’ve made progress just during the past year in strengthening our assessment program,” he said, “completing assessments in many program areas and discontinuing those with low enrollments and few graduates.” “Through the hard work of our faculty, we have now completed assessments for all but two of our curricula, and will complete a second round of program evaluations by next spring. In the months ahead, we will review our assessment plan, implement new training programs, and strengthen our processes and resources devoted to this area.”
The immediate goal of FOCUS ’14 initiative will be to address the assessment issues to meet SACSCOC guidelines within the next 12 months. But the initiative’s wider focus will be to move the college to the forefront in program assessment – and create a culture that celebrates and communicates student success – over the next two years.
“Accomplishing the goals of Focus ‘14 will not only ensure our compliance with those who decide our accreditation but will also add to CVCC’s credibility in the community,” said Capps.
SACSCOC will revisit the college’s probationary status in 2013. The next reaffirmation of accreditation for CVCC is scheduled to occur in 2014.