Otero Junior College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Commission can be reached at: 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-1411. Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312-263-0456 Fax: 312-263-7462 email@example.com
Otero Junior College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit February 13-14, 2017 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Otero Junior College has been accredited by the Commission since 1967. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.
The public is invited to submit written comments regarding the college to the following address:
Public Comment on Otero Junior College
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Il 60604-1411
The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www.hlcommission.org/comment.
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and received by January 13, 2017.
Other Accreditations and Affiliations
The Nursing Assistant and Practical Nursing programs are approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. The ADN Registered Nursing Program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste 8-50 Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000.
The Automotive Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
The Early Childhood Education Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Otero Junior College is an institutional member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, the Association of Community College Business Officers, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers.
The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Board of Directors. Accreditation for the OJC MLT program will continue until October 31, 2021.
The OJC Law Academy follows the Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) guidelines. POST Firearms Assessment was conducted on November 6, 2016 at the La Junta PD Range. This particular firearms program included trainees enrolled in the Otero Junior College Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy and trainees enrolled in the La Junta PD Reserve Academy.
History of Accreditation
Otero Junior College has undergone North Central Association accreditation reviews in 1962, 1967, 1975, 1985 and 1997. Each time the result has been favorable and accreditation status was granted. In the Spring of 2007, a team of four accreditation reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, spent three days at Otero Junior College touring the campus, meeting with faculty and staff, advisory board members, and community members. They reviewed documentation from the college’s Self-study Executive Summary and analyzed all aspects of the Otero Junior College’s 2007 Self-study and mission in order to make a recommendation to the HLC for continued accreditation of the college.
Accreditation Recommendations and Comments
At an exit interview held on April 4, 2008 Dr. William Tammone, team chair, recommended a 10-year accreditation for Otero Junior College. During the exit interview Dr. Tammone was highly complementary of the college citing over 50 strengths found during the visit.
There were four areas identified where improvement was needed. Areas identified were:
• The need to develop strong assessments for student learning to help guide planning, budgeting, and contiguous improvement.
• Make progress toward collecting and analyzing data on clear objectives and direct measures of student learning along with indirect measures of general education.
• Availability and utilization of professional development funds to enhance assessment efforts.
• Measure the effectiveness of general education.
OJC's Assessment Focus
“The ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning involves making expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance. When it is embedded effectively within larger institutional systems, assessment can help us focus our collective attention, examine our assumptions, and create a shared academic culture dedicated to assuring and improving the quality of higher education.” (Angelo, T. A. (1995). Reassessing (and defining) assessment. The AAHE Bulletin, 48 (2), 7-9).
2007 OJC Self Study Previous Publication (4431 Mb PDF)