A message from President Ray Di Pasquale
April 2, 2014
As you know, the NEASC accreditation team, consisting of a team chair and eight team members, spent the last 2 ½ days on our four campuses for our college's 10-year accreditation visit. Team Chair Dr. Carole Cowan's remarks during this morning's exit interview positively reinforced the dedication and commitment of all of you to our students' success.
I want to thank you for your hard work preparing for this visit over the last two-plus years, as well as your support during the team's visit this week. I echo Dr. Cowan's acknowledgement of your commitment and professionalism, which I witness every day. What we accomplish is clearly a team effort.
I am especially grateful to all faculty and staff who served on the various Standards committees. You did incredible work in contributing to the self-study document, bringing to light what we do well, as well as areas for improvement.
During the exit interview, Dr. Cowan spoke of our strengths related to each of the 11 Standards, including, but not limited to, the respect the college has from our external constituents and community partners, who recognize CCRI's impactful contributions to the state of Rhode Island; the contributions of CWCE in providing skilled workers for the state's workforce; the development and implementation of our 2013-2016 Strategic Plan and that CCRI has an internal understanding of the importance of assessment; that there is optimism from faculty and staff about the new governance model; that our faculty are fully committed to teaching excellence and support student success, specifically highlighting the work of CITLA. The team felt that our faculty are highly credentialed professionals dedicated to supporting students and that students feel that our faculty care for them as individuals. The team said our Marketing and Communications model was one worth replicating for the high-quality manner it promotes and publicizes the college. I could go on and on.
While our strengths are numerous, we do have areas to improve upon relating to the Standards, and that will be our future focus. We saw nothing insurmountable that we cannot accomplish. You will hear more about these areas as we begin to address them.
Again, please accept my thanks and congratulations for a job well done.
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