The students of CRDN are settled into their classes by now, and as I write this most if not all of them are preparing for mid-terms that will soon be upon us. Some of these students are also preparing to submit their applications for UC or CSU attendance in fall 2013.
The staff and faculty are putting the final touches on the schedule for the spring 2013 semester here at CRDN and that should be available soon for those who wish to attend classes that semester.
The Board of Trustees and the CR administration is putting together the final draft of a report that is to be submitted to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) on Monday and then will be getting ready for a visit from representatives of that Commission in the early part of November.
If I may make a personal observation here, and it should in no way be considered an official statement from College of The Redwoods and is only this columnist’s observation, I have seen the original report from the ACCJC that put CR into a “Show Cause” status and I have seen the most recent revision of the report that CR has prepared for submission to the ACCJC and I must say that everyone at CR from ASCR, to the staff and faculty, to the Board of Trustees has done an amazing job at doing everything that they could to address the concerns that the ACCJC had expressed.
In fact, as the President of the ASCR Student Senate, my signature is one of the ones that are required on the report when it is submitted and I will be signing it with no reservations at all. It has been a lot of hard work for all those involved, but in the end CR is a much better learning institution because of the changes that have been made.
At the end of last month four students from CR, including two from CRDN, attend a National Leadership Summit that is held each fall in Washington, D.C., and is presented by the American Student Government Association. This is the first time that CR has attended this National Summit that allows networking and the exchange of ideas with other student governments at higher learning institutions from across the country.
On an even more significant note was the fact that out of all of the higher education schools in California, both public and private, College of The Redwoods was the only one from California to attend this National Summit.
Besides attending the summit itself the CR students were welcomed into the Washington office of California Sen. Barbara Boxer, where they were able to address some of the issues that concern community college students across California. All of the CR students who attended had nothing but positive feedback about the summit and hope that other CR students will be able to attend it in the future.
One final thing; on Oct. 17 the ASCR Student Senate and CRDN will be presenting a Voting Information Symposium that is emceed by Political Science Professor Tom Owen. This symposium is an unbiased and non-partisan and the main purpose is to get as much information out there as possible to voters before the November election. The event is free and open to all members of the community. For more information on specific time and location at the campus, call (707) 464-7457.
Well that’s it for this edition of the CRDN Report and I hope to see you all back here next month.