UNIVERSITY OF GUAM, ACCREDITED THROUGH 2008, FOCUSES PRIORITIES ON STUDENTS,

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GREATER EFFICIENCY

By Theresa Merto

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (July 16, 2002 - Pacific Daily News)---The University of Guam has lined up a list of priorities after receiving word that the institution will be accredited through 2008.

UOG President Dr. Harold Allen said those priorities include recruiting and retaining students, and creating greater efficiency at the university.

The university recently received the official letter from the Senior Accrediting Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges that reaffirms its accreditation through 2008.

The reviewing body commended the university for eliminating the climate of fear and intimidation, creating a new Faculty Senate, clarifying procedures for off-campus programs, reducing political involvement, and adopting a code of ethics for its Board of Regents.

In 2000, the university was placed on probationary status by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. According to Pacific Daily News files, this is not the first time the university was in danger of losing its accreditation.

The university was placed in show-cause status, a status more serious than probation, by the accrediting commission in 1984, and was taken out of show-cause in 1988, files state.

Goals

Allen said the university plans to attract new students by working with village mayors and counselors, among other things.

"We want to work very closely with the high school guidance counselors for students who traditionally who may have chosen to go off island," Allen said.

He said the university also will concentrate on other goals, including creating greater efficiency, streamlining and integrating student services.

The university will be assessing its progress to assure that changes are effective, Allen said, adding that he will work closely with faculty, staff and student organizations.

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