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College accreditation report accepted

  “Very few colleges are not on sanction, and we’re very proud to be one of them,” Superintendent/President Kevin Trutna told the board of trustees at its July 18 meeting.

  Faculty and administrators at Feather River College can breathe deeply once again, as the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges accepted the school’s follow-up report submitted in March.

  This is good news, Trutna said, especially in light of the recent action by the ACCJC to terminate accreditation of City College of San Francisco.

  When a school loses its accreditation, students are put on notice that the credit they were expecting to be awarded for their classes may be worthless.

  The termination of the City College of San Francisco’s accreditation will take place in fall 2014.

Common literature

  Trutna distributed copies of a book titled “The Yellow Birds” to board members. The novel will be assigned to FRC students across the curriculum this fall.

  The new “common literature” approach this year aims to increase and connect student learning outcomes from subject to subject.

  Faculty who teach courses as diverse as English, math, art and science will use the same novel, “The Yellow Birds,” in their lessons.

  The novel’s author, Kevin Powers, enlisted in the Army at age 17 and six years later spent a year in Iraq as a machine gunner.

  His first novel, called a classic of contemporary war fiction, is an attempt to convey the fractured experiences of the Iraqi battleground and the myriad ways soldiers, and their families back home, are affected.

Fall orientation

  Chief student services officer Karen Pierson announced a new speed-networking event to take place Aug. 16 for fall students.

  The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon and will feature a motivational speaker to encourage and inspire students to get involved and take charge of their lives.

  The speed-networking event will also involve numerous community organizations and businesses with which students will conduct three-minute interviews.

  These short interviews will allow students to gain insight into careers and other areas of expertise that might pique their interest and inspire them to pursue career, educational or personal goals.

  Pierson said she has formed a cross-functional team to examine the parking issue at the college. The team will look at ways to achieve greater customer service and issue fewer citations to students and visitors.

  Classes begin Aug. 19. Potential students may still enroll by going to frc.edu. The next board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 15 at 3 p.m.

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