The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has named Janette Isaacson, Ed.D., associate professor in the Medical Imaging department for online education at Oregon Institute of Technology, as an accreditation review site visitor for the organization.
Appointed by the NWCCU board, the process to become a site visitor includes a nomination by another individual — which in Isaacson’s case was Dean LeAnn Maupin of Oregon Tech’s College of Health, Arts, and Sciences — an application review, and a display of prior knowledge related to teaching and leadership. Out of the hundreds of individuals nominated for the responsibility, NWCCU chooses 30 people to train and add to their current list.
Isaacson’s role as a site visitor makes her responsible for working as a team member to visit higher education institutions throughout the Northwest which are seeking initial or continued accreditation status. On-site reviewers are asked to work with institutions to evaluate the commission’s established standards of educational quality and effectiveness. Accredited status indicates that the institution has clearly defined appropriate educational objectives; operates under conditions by which achievement of those educational objectives can reasonably be expected; is substantially accomplishing its educational objectives; and is organized, staffed, and supported to warrant confidence that it will continue to achieve its educational objectives in the foreseeable future.
“I am excited to serve in this role and hope to bring back best practices to Oregon Tech,” said Isaacson. “I feel very honored to be nominated and am passionate about doing this work, as it focuses on improving student learning.”
NWCCU is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authority on the educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the Northwest region of the United States, including the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, as well as Canada.
Isaacson is the program director for online degree completion courses in the undergraduate echocardiography and vascular bachelor’s degree programs and the Master of Science in allied health. She also works as an associate professor in the Medical Imaging Technology department. She has been teaching at Oregon Tech since 1994 and currently serves as chair of the Executive Commission on Assessment for Oregon Tech.