That test was the evaluation by the Southern Association of Colleges.
“Coastal Bend College is in the clear,” said Beatriz Espinoza, college president.
“It is in the clear because you worked extremely hard the last two years to showcase all the good work that happens for Coastal Bend College students.”
Gathered under the shade trees in the center of the campus were the staff and faculty who are working through the summer teaching classes and keeping the community college running.
“I want to personally thank each and every one of you for all of that extra work you put in—for putting up with my tangents and making sure things got in on time and that students got recognized and faculty and staff were recognized for the work they are doing,” Espinoza told the crowd.
The college faces this extensive review every decade by the association of colleges.
CBC was among about 45 other colleges to receive reaccreditation last month.
“Colleagues across the country—from 11 states—are saying we are doing things to support student success and they are pleased with what they saw and excited to see us continue to go forward,” she said.
Espinoza was hired only a couple of years ago and was immediately tasked with preparing for this evaluation and collecting what would be needed by those reviewing the college.
“Believe it or not, everyone of you was represented in that work we submitted,” she said.
“I want to thank all of you today and every day for the effort we put in,” she said. “We will have another recognition when the faculty are back,” she said.
“We want to make sure our celebration continues.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5221, or at editor@mySouTex.com.