Community works on college’s accreditation issues
April 30, 2013 9:17 AM
Davida Siwisa James, For the Daily Press
VICTORVILLE • Close to 100 people gathered in a room with a capacity of 41 on Monday night for a “Call to Action Meeting” concerning Victor Valley College’s ongoing accreditation problems.
Holly Noel and Diana Carloni conducted the meeting; they both asserted that they are simply concerned citizens with no official ties to the college and that this was a “grassroots effort” to help solve the accreditation problems.
“We hope to get the community motivated to tell the board of trustees that five years of academic sanctions are too many,” Carloni said. “This call to action is to inform the public on the issues that remain outstanding in the accreditation process and to try to organize a systematic and cogent approach to send a message to the board that everyone needs to work together and get this done.”
A few minutes into the gathering at Spring Valley Lake Association Community Center, the standing-roomonly crowd had already spilled out into the hallway. Officials almost shut down the meeting because of a potential fire hazard, so people picked up their chairs and reconvened on the patio.
Carloni and Noel distributed a packet of information that they encouraged those in attendance to use as the basis of an action plan. They want the community to write letters to the newspaper, make organized appearances to speak at board meetings, write letters to the board and the college’s administration and to use social media and other community networks to encourage the board of trustees to solve the accreditation issues.
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