January 6, 2006
Our proposed Master of Forest Resources in Forest Management program will undergo a site visit review in April, 2006. The purposes of the site visit, to be conducted by the Society of American Foresters, are to conduct an objective fact-finding mission to verify compliance with the Society's accreditation standards and to verify that the program is accomplishing what our written goals, objectives, and policies claim. The visitation team does not make an accreditation determination, but passes its report identifying 'strengths and opportunities for improvement' to the SAF Committee on Accreditation for final action at the autumn SAF Annual Convention in Pittsburgh.
An Ad Hoc SAF Accreditation Committee composed of Jim Agee, Gordon Bradley (Chair), Eric Turnblom, Ara Erickson, Alicia Robbins, Cecilia Paul, Bev Anderson, Brian Boyle, Amanda Davis, Brian Spradlin, Michelle Trudeau, and Brian Bragg have agreed to prepare the self study documentation and participate in the on-site review. It is critical to the College, as well as many of our constituents, that we successfully engage the site visit team as they review our MFR (MF) program. Our College has a long history of offering an accredited educational program in forest management, and the proposed MFR (MF) program has been designed to continue this history in a contemporary environment.
I greatly appreciate the help of the ad hoc committee in this accreditation activity.
B. Bruce Bare, Dean