Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Accreditation Reaffirmed

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Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCO) announced it is in the development stages of moving forward with plans to implement new course offerings. “We have listened to our students’ feedback and recognize their interest for new class offerings. Development of new programs and curriculums is underway, with a plan to roll out new programs for our fall 2017 semester,” says Dr. Diane Vertin, president of the college. “Our goal continues to be to provide the highest quality post-secondary and continuing education for everyone in our communities, and we look forward to new offerings for our students and our community members.”

The college was placed on probationary status in 2014. Since that time, the administration, faculty, and staff have worked diligently to make the needed improvements and continue to serve the students in an effective manner. Their work paid off when on November 3, 2016, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Board of Trustees voted to reaffirm LCO’s accreditation. In HLC’s notification letter, the board determined that “removal of the probationary status was warranted based on materials from the college’s most recent comprehensive evaluation including, but not limited to: the Assurance Filing the College submitted, the report from the comprehensive evaluation team, the report of the Institutional Actions Council Hearing Committee, the institution’s responses to these reports, and other materials relevant to the evaluation.”

The board based its action upon the college demonstrating the ability and attention to addressing the commission’s criteria on planning, programming, educational achievement, completion rates, and meeting federal compliance requirements.

“This is great news and now gives us the ability to move the college forward in a very positive way. I want to thank everyone for your hard work, dedication, and support. We have much to be thankful for this season,” says President Vertin.

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