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Spotlight on Excellence

Welcome to Spotlight on Excellence, an online publication to highlight innovation and best practices being implemented by ACCSC-accredited schools to better support today's students.

ACCSC knows that innovative and exciting projects are happening every day at our schools. Through this platform, we hope to provide an opportunity for our schools to share best practices with each other as a means to support student success in the workforce.

Spotlight on Excellence

Looking Out the Window, While Keeping a Mirror Close By: Creating a New Self-Evaluation Culture

Dr. Julie Basler
Platt College
Aurora, Colorado

I suppose looking back at my lack of experience, I imagined people high-fiving, running to sign up with their team members for certain sections of the report, and cheering for the total inclusion of everyone that was employed in participating in accreditation. As you might guess, the reaction I imagined did not come.


Welcome to Bryan & Associates! An Unreal Law Firm

Nola Wright, J.D.
Program Director, Paralegal Studies
Bryan University
Tempe, Arizona

Students learn by doing – that is the overarching educational philosophy of our paralegal program – and the "doing" part is done best when it replicates as close as possible a real-world working environment. That is why from day one, every student enrolled in the paralegal studies program at Bryan University is considered a newly hired paralegal at Bryan & Associates (an unreal law firm). 


Service Learning in Technical Programs: Not a Bridge Too Far

Susan Ogilvie
Director of Education
Northwest College of Art and Design
Tacoma, Washington

Service Learning is a component of education that is sometimes undervalued in the effort to focus on career-based skills. But, there is opportunity to infuse service learning into technical skill programs with great positive effect for the institution, students, and the community.


Teaching Kids to Fly

Dr. Joel English
Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Chesapeake, Virginia

There is an age-old saying that that I am sure you have heard which says, "teach a man to fish and he will eat for life." At Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), we have taken that adage to heart and have teamed up with the City of Norfolk, VA to teach kids to fly! While I am not referring to "flying' in the sense of actually flying airplanes, but in the sense that we are helping these students see that they can soar to heights that they may not have ever really thought possible.



Steve Chandler, Executive Director
TONI & GUY Hairdressing Academy
Colorado Springs, Colorado

In career-focused programs, creating leadership opportunities for students has not always been a priority. But, we all have them in each of our campuses and we work hard to develop strong student leadership teams that serve as a liaison between the student body and the staff and faculty of the institution.


Tell Us Your Story

ACCSC will be accepting submissions due on the 1st business day of every quarter (i.e., January, April, July, and September). Contributors must be from an ACCSC-accredited school, and the blog posts must be 400-800 words in length.

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