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January 11, 2010


University of Maine President, Dr. Richard W. Cost, will report to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) in Bellevue, Washington this week on Lewis-Clark State College’s application for accreditation. The NWCCU will deliberate on the application following Dr. Cost’s report.

Dr. Cost chaired a 12-member accreditation team that visited and reviewed the Lewiston, Idaho-based institution last October.
In addition to his responsibilities in chairing the accreditation team, Dr. Cost also was responsible for reviewing Lewis-Clark’s institutional mission and goals; planning and effectiveness, governance and administration to include governance system, governing board, leadership and management, and institutional integrity.
“Through a well-written self-study, an exceptionally well-organized team room, and honest and well-informed discussion during the visit, the people of Lewis-Clark made it very easy for us to analyze the institution, its plans and goals,” said Dr. Cost.
In preparing for the visit, the accreditation team read the self-study carefully and often. At the same time, members of the team made use of the college’s website to review policies, data, and history in advance. Upon the team’s arrival on campus, members fanned out to conduct interviews with individuals, committees, and others, who could help them better understand the institution. More than 100 interviews with nearly 500 individuals and groups were conducted.
Lewis-Clark State College is an institution with a long and rich history in the state it serves. It has a three-part mission that encompasses traditional academic programs; professional-technical education programs; and community college and community service programs. It offers 53 academic and professional technical programs. The college has 3,940 students and 173 full-time faculty members.