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Rocky Mountain College awarded accreditation with commendations

BILLINGS, July 15, 2015 – The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities reaffirmed the accreditation of Rocky Mountain College in a letter sent to RMC President Bob Wilmouth on July 7, 2015.

“The Commission commends Rocky Mountain College for the atmosphere of mutual support and positive collaboration that exists among trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students which has enabled the institution to make major improvements over a period of three years,” said President of NWCCU Sandra Elman in the letter to RMC President Wilmouth.

“The College is further commended for a strong collaborative commitment to its students as evidenced by affording students opportunities to engage in curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning activities in an extraordinarily supportive environment,” added President Elman. “The College’s faculty is lauded for the progress and the positive trajectory toward a meaningful, manageable assessment program that informs decision making at the academic program level.”

President Elman concluded by saying, “The Commission applauds the College’s leadership team for its focus, commitment, and progress toward addressing the financial sustainability concerns identified in the previous 2012 accreditation evaluation.”

In an announcement made to staff and faculty, RMC President Wilmouth said, “It is an honor for me to say congratulations to each of you for exemplifying a quality education that is provided to our students and for displaying that commitment of service throughout the community.” President Wilmouth credited the commendations by NWCCU to the trustees, staff, and faculty’s ongoing acknowledgement of accreditation requirements and the College’s commitment to meeting and exceeding the standards of accreditation.

“On behalf of RMC, I applaud all of the employees of this great institution for the outstanding job each of you do in living the standards in the planning and processes we uphold on a daily basis.”

Dr. Stephen Germic, RMC’s Academic Vice President who coordinated the accreditation reporting to the NWCCU, said, “The College could not be more pleased with the results of the reaccreditation process. This is the outcome of years of hard work by everyone at RMC. It sets the stage very nicely for our continuing improvements.”

This reaffirmation of accreditation is just one of the numerous milestones RMC is currently celebrating. In conjunction with the confirmation of accreditation, RMC announced that it has met its annual fund goal of one million dollars, increased its retention rate by another percentage from last year to 72 percent, and enrollment is on track to meet expected goals.