CERTIFICATION OF CONTINUED COMPLIANCE WITH ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

 

IVC's continued compliance with each of the 20 Eligibility Requirements for Accreditation as listed in 1996 Handbook of Accreditation is addressed below.

 

1. AUTHORITY

 

As a lawfully established California community college, IVC is authorized to operate as an educational institution, and to award the associate in arts and the associate in science degrees by California Education Code section 66010.4(a)(1).

 

2. MISSION

 

IVC's mission statement appears in the introduction to the college catalog. Its content and approval process are fully discussed below under Standard One of this report.

 

3. GOVERNING BOARD

 

The elected seven-member board of trustees of the South Orange County Community College District governs IVC. The Board's published by-laws and responsibilities appear on the district's web site at http://www.socccd.cc.ca.us/ref/bpolicies/8index100.htm. Biographical information on Board members appears at http://www.socccd.cc.ca.us/board/4boardindex.htm.

 

The Board's structure, functions, and responsibilities are discussed in detail below under Standard Ten.

 

4. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

IVC's chief executive officer is the college president, Raghu P. Mathur, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, California, 92620, appointed by the Board of trustees in 1997. A professional educator for over 30 years, President Mathur has served as a faculty member, academic senate president (two terms), and administrator in the district since 1979, as well as a two-term trustee for the nearby Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

 

The president's responsibilities are discussed more fully below under Standard Ten.

 

 

5. ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY

 

IVC maintains sufficient qualified staff to provide the administrative services necessary to support its mission and purpose. An organization chart of IVC's administration appears above under "Organization of the Institution." The structure, responsibilities, and sufficiency of IVC's administration are discussed in detail below under Standard Ten.

 

6. OPERATIONAL STATUS

 

Enrollments at IVC have increased from approximately 8,400 in the fall semester of 1990 to over 11,000 in 1997, and over 2,400 degrees and certificates have been awarded since the founding of IVC in 1985. Complete historical data on enrollments and degrees awarded appears on the district web site at

http://www.socccd.cc.ca.us/ref/almanac/enrollments/c1f90to97.htm

and

http://www.socccd.cc.ca.us/ref/almanac/demographics/graduates.htm.

 

IVC's current schedule of classes appears on the college web site at http://www.socccd.cc.ca.us/ivc/sections983/ivcindex.html, and its educational programs are described more fully below under Standard Four.

 

7. DEGREES

 

A substantial portion of IVC's educational offerings lead to degrees, as more fully described below under Standard Four. In the spring semester of 1998, 25% of IVC students reported the completion of an associate degree as an educational goal.

 

8. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

 

IVC offers a range of educational programs consistent with its mission as a comprehensive community college, including transfer, vocational, basic skills, and community education courses. As more fully explained below in Standard Four, IVC students may choose from a full complement of transferable courses, 38 separate associate in arts degrees, 30 associate in science degrees, and 30 occupational certificate programs.

 

9. ACADEMIC CREDIT

 

IVC awards academic credits based on generally accepted practices in higher education. All academic courses are regularly reviewed by the college's committee on courses for academic rigor, transferability, and compliance with state regulations. All new courses must be approved by the Board of trustees and the State Chancellor of Community Colleges.

 

10. EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

 

In its catalog, IVC defines and publishes the educational objectives of each of its programs. Historical graduation data is available on the district web site at http://www.socccd.cc.ca.us/ref/almanac/demographics/ivcprogramaward.htm.

 

11. GENERAL EDUCATION

 

Students must complete a substantial component of general education, at least 24.5 units, in order to earn an associate degree at IVC. As more fully described below in Standard Four, IVC's general education requirement ensures breadth of knowledge, including demonstrated competence in writing and computational skills, through course work in eight diverse categories representing major areas of knowledge.

 

12. FACULTY

 

IVC employs over 100 full-time faculty to support its educational programs. The college catalog lists the names and degrees of all faculty members. As discussed below in Standard Seven, the responsibilities of faculty are set forth in the certificated employee master agreement.

 

13. STUDENT SERVICES

 

In support of its mission, IVC provides appropriate student services and development programs including counseling, matriculation, orientation, financial aid, a veterans program, job placement and transfer assistance, career information, childcare, and support programs for disabled, low-income, and needy single-parent students. IVC's student services are discussed in detail below in Standard Five, and the demographic characteristics of its students are summarized above under Descriptive Background and Demographics.

 

14. ADMISSIONS

 

Consistent with its mission as a comprehensive California community college, IVC admits anyone who is a high school graduate, has a high school equivalency certificate, or is 18 years of age or older and shows evidence of being able to benefit from the instruction. High school juniors and seniors may attend as special part-time students. Students in the 10th grade or under may attend with special recommendation from their school district and approval of the college (Board Policy 5604).

 

 

15. INFORMATION AND LEARNING RESOURCES

 

To support its mission and educational programs, IVC provides specific long-term access to information and learning resources and services, including a new 38,000-square-foot, 40,000-volume library and information network available to all students and staff. IVC's learning resources are discussed in detail below under Standard Six.

 

16. FINANCIAL RESOURCES

 

As a public community college, IVC is funded through the South Orange County Community College District from state and local tax dollars based on the number of full-time equivalent students. The district documents its funding base (http://www.socccd.cc.ca.us/ref/almanac/budget/dapage1_9798.htm) and expenditures (http://www.socccd.cc.ca.us/ref/almanac/budget/expactivity.htm) on its web site. In consultation with the district resources allocation committee, the Board of trustees determines and publishes IVC's allocation of the total district budget in August of each year. IVC's current annual budget of approximately $20 million supports its mission and educational programs.

 

Through the IVC Foundation, the college also solicits private donations from individuals and corporations to support capital outlay projects and program needs.

 

IVC's financial resources are discussed in detail below under Standard Nine.

 

17. FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY

 

Each year the college's financial records are audited by the district's independent auditor. The audit includes all funds managed by the college including general funds, categorical program funds, funds of the Associated Students of IVC, and the college Foundation. The Board of trustees publicly receives the annual audit report.

 

18. INSTITUTIONAL PLANNING AND EVALUATION

 

IVC provides evidence of comprehensive planning for its development, including the Educational and Facilities Master Plan, the IVC Strategic Plan, the Foundation Strategic Plan, and the Distance Education Plan. Its six-year program review cycle provides comprehensive assessment and documentation of how well it is accomplishing its mission. These planning and evaluation efforts are described in detail below in Standards One through Ten.

 

 

19. PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

 

IVC's published catalog provides accurate, current information about its purposes and objectives, admission requirements and procedures, rules and regulations directly affecting students, programs and courses, degrees offered and degree requirements, costs and refund policies, grievance procedures, academic credentials of faculty and administrators, and other information about attending IVC and withdrawing from it. Further information about IVC's public disclosure appears below under Standard Three.

 

20. RELATIONS WITH THE ACCREDITING COMMISSION

 

IVC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Board of trustees ensures effective communication with the accrediting commission and adherence to its requirements through review and approval of required self-study reports, and through the appointment of an accreditation liaison officer for IVC.

 

CERTIFICATION

 

I certify that Irvine Valley College continues to comply with the above eligibility requirements.

 

 

 

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Raghu P. Mathur, President, Irvine Valley College

 

 

 

 

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John S. Williams, President, Board of Trustees