President’s Corner

What? A Year? Already?

Sonny Ramaswamy


July 1, 2018. The day I started in my position as president of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Phew, what a year this has been!

I daresay the Northwest Commission is a little different today, thanks in large measure to the efforts of our staff and commissioners.

Surveys, Town Hall conversations, discussions, and brainstorming sessions, along with meetings with boards and other oversight entities during the last year plus offered us the insights and foundation to forge ahead, including defining the strategic path for the Commission.

We have made significant progress on several fronts, particularly creating a path of supporting excellence in education, single-mindedly focused on student success for years to come at our family of institutions.

In the last issue of our newsletter, The Beacon, I did a bit stock-taking of NWCCU’s accomplishments during the last year.

July 1, 2019 was the anniversary, an interesting word if you look up the dictionary – a favorite pastime of mine – which means literally returning yearly.

There’s going to be many anniversaries as we go forward.

I look forward to working with our outstanding staff and commissioners, along with our family of institutions, to Make Accreditation Great Again!