Harold Washington College The Fifth Oldest Of Seven City Colleges

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Introduction Harold Washington College the fifth oldest of seven city colleges is formerly named Loop College, opened in 1962. Loop College was renamed in April 1962, to commemorate and memorialize Mayor Harold Washington, the first African-American mayor of Chicago. The name change was appropriate, given the fact that Mayor Harold Washington was an alumnus of City Colleges of Chicago. Additionally, he was known best for his love for education, community, and bringing together diverse groups of people to make lasting change. This message is echoed throughout the mission of Harold Washington College. In his commencement address to Loop College May 1984, he resounded a message upon which the culture of the college to this day stands strong. He spoke the unique diversity of city and the variety cultures bring to the college community to work together. Mission Statement Harold Washington College is a learning-centered, urban institution of higher education offering accessible and affordable opportunities for academic advancement, career development and personal enrichment. The college is committed to upholding high institutional and academic standards and to understanding and improving student learning. (City Colleges of Chicago Orientation Online 2014) Selection of Postsecondary Institution The selection of Harold Washington College for the purpose of this Accreditation Analysis includes three reasons. To begin with, Harold Washington College is the largest of seven City Colleges of Chicago. There are nearly 14,000 students enrolled. Secondly, of all seven City Colleges (HWC) has the most-diverse student body and scope. Harold Washington College demographics resembles tha... ... middle of paper ... ...n” (p. 41). Merely because an institution is accountable does not mean it is supersede standards and high quality (Kallison and Cohen, 2010). Accountability is “the obligation to report to others, to explain, to justify, to answer ques¬tions concerning the utilization of resource.” http://cue.usc.edu/assests/Dowd_CC%20Financing_EquEffandAccount_NEA%20Almanac_2013.pdf • Use an interdisciplinary leadership approach in effective strategic planning-mapping accountability plan your work and work your plan regulating higher education: roles and responsibilities. http://www.ccc.edu/Documents/Harold_Washington_College_5-Year_Strategic_Plan.pdf Effective Strategic planning includes data-based evidence, self-assessment, outcomes and links decision making to results. There is a growing connection between effective strategic planning, outcomes and accreditation (Dodd, 2004).

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