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Cabrillo wins accreditation
Cabrillo wins accreditation
TitleCabrillo wins accreditation
DescriptionFirst college accreditation
SubjectEducational standards
Original sourceWatsonville Register Pajaronian
RepositoryCabrillo College Archives
Copyright statementCopyright Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, all rights reserved. Used with permission.;
TypeNewspaper articles
Format4w x 10h inches
TextCabrillo Wins AccreditationOfficial approval as an academic institution was granted Cabrillo college this week and is effecUve immediately. Dr. Robert E. Swenson, Cabrillo president, said Friday, "I'm very pleased, personally, with this approval." Swenson said he had received a 21-page report from officials of the Western College association, the accrediting agency for California colleges. The report was the result of an Inspection trip by an association accreditation team to Cabrillo Dec. 12-14. Three year accrediation was awarded Cabrillo college. This means that the colleg scored beyond the middle of the one to five years accreditations which the Western College association grants. As well, the association may decline to accredit a college. The official action means that Cabrillo college students may transfer their credits to other institutions of college and university level throughout the nation and automatically qualifies tho college for listing in official directories of accredited colleges and universities. Swenson added, "I told the staff, before the inspection team's arrival, that If we got a three year accreditation, we would be doing well. So I am very pleased with it". College officials released a summary of the 21-page report which contained praise as well as criticism. The report noted that "...there are few, if any, Junior college districts in the state of California which have a more solid public support than that currently enjoyed by the Cabrillo college district." Recommendations and criticisms in the report concerned five general areas and are summarized as follows: Curriculum: Two-year vocational training courses, both for day classes and adult evening classes, should be increased and should offer more classes tailored for the "gifted student" as well as the less able students. Swenson said, "The vocational training lack is one of the big criticisms at the present time. But we are working to improve this situation." He cited the vocational nurse program, the electronic technician's two year course, and studies currently underway to provide more of such instruction. As to classes for "gifted students, " Swenson said' improvements are already being made, pointing to the fact that talented high school seniors are enrolled at Cabrillo for some classes. Buildings and Equipment: The inspection team noted that facilities currently in use by the college are temporary and that it was difficult to Judge the plant under such circumstances; but the college library Was rapped for inadequate "distribution and availability" of library materials. Swenson said, "We know we need to expand our library facilities as fast. as possible. Wd have about 4.000 volumes now and a good Junior college library should have 25, 000 or 30, 000." Swenson noted that the report commended the library's professional staff. Faculty: The accreditation team gave "special commendation" to the choice and training of staff members as well as the "high faculty morale." Administration: Staff members Were urged to proceed with a follow-up study of former students in industry and other colleges and to improve upon several technical details of administration, but in general, voiced praise for the administration, staff, and "in particular" the work of the seven-member board of trustees. Student Services: The accrediting team made several recommendations concerning student training, particularly for "the specially gifted student." Most of their attention centered upon the counseling department at Cabrillo. The inspecters felt that student counseling at Cabrillo was weak and should be improved, stessing the enlargement of the professional counseling staff. Swenson said that the college administration was working on this and would effect improvements soon. When the next accreditation visit occurs in 1964, Swenson said that "one of the things we will have to do is show what action we have taken. "We're not bound to follow every recommendation to the letter, but we should be able to defend ourselves for not doing so."
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