The Accreditation Issue at North Idaho College is Over.
NIC received a warning.
No probation and they will not lose accreditation. The NWCCU will reevaluate the sanction of Warning after the Mid-Cycle visit next Spring. NIC could be off monitoring and the Warning removed as soon as our Mid-Cycle visit, Spring 2023.
From NIC President Dr. Sebaaly Good morning and welcome back from Spring Break.
Late Friday, Dr. Kurtz, Dr. Silvas, & I received the Letter of Action from the NWCCU. The NWCCU concluded that NIC is out of compliance with eligibility requirement (9 – Governing Board) and Standards 2.A.1 Governance and 2.D.2 Institutional Integrity.
The Letter of Action spells out a Warning. We did not receive probation as was recommended by the peer panel review team. We’ve retained our accreditation and can now continue to share the quality of NIC and its value to all. NIC will undergo monitoring by the commission with Ad Hoc reports due after each of our Board of Trustees meetings.
Throughout this process, the NWCCU recognized that we are fulfilling our institutional mission because of the strong evidence demonstrating the exemplary work all of you provide.
I’m sharing the Letter of Action on the President’s page for all to read. After this message to you, the college will send out a news release to the media and our community. It was important to me to share this information with you first.
NIC was found in compliance in all operational and instructional areas. The deficiencies noted in the findings all relate to board governance. Our Board of Trustees has work to do, and it will be administration’s role to support them in the weeks and months ahead as they restore effective board governance to NIC.
The NWCCU will reevaluate the sanction of Warning after the Mid-Cycle visit next Spring. NIC could be off monitoring and the Warning removed as soon as our Mid-Cycle visit, Spring 2023.
This has been an arduous year for all of us. I acknowledge and value you for your commitment to our students. I cannot believe we have only 5 weeks left until our 89th commencement. I’m excited that commencement will occur in person on May 13. NIC diplomas hold the same value today as they did yesterday, and they will continue to do so. Credits will transfer. Please be ambassadors for the college and share this information with your students, and those you know in the community.
The only way through this difficult chapter is together. We will continue to provide access and opportunity to our community. We now know the path ahead of us. NIC remains a strong, accredited institution and we will continue to demonstrate that each day.
Two public forums will be scheduled this week for college leadership to share additional details about the Letter of Action from the NWCCU and what’s next. Additional details will be in today’s NICNow.
This is just the beginning of the difficult work ahead, but I hope the affirmation you’ve received by the NWCCU has renewed your sense of purpose. You all are doing good work and they know you’re doing good work for our students.
With sincere thanks and appreciation, Michael Sebaaly Ed.D.