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The Democratic Club is excited to feature North Idaho College (NIC) President Rick MacLennan. Dr. MacLennan is engaging with various civic groups to present details about NIC’s threatened institutional accreditation. Currently, NIC is under investigation by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWCCU) for violations related to Board Conduct. According to the complaint, members of the NIC board of trustees violated the civil rights and liberties of employees and students (CDA Press, Apr. 30, 2021). If the Board confirms these violations, withdrawing certification is likely. If so, the effects would be devastating to the college and our community.

Complaint Against NIC

Four regional human rights task forces co-signed the complaint, dated March 12, against NIC’s accreditation eligibility. They submitted it to NWCCU and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department. To be specific, the notice of objection demands a full investigation of the institution’s leadership. The signatories are the Kootenai, Bonner, Boundary, and Spokane County Human Rights Task Forces.

NIC President Rick MacLennan

Join NIC President Rick MacLennan this Friday, August 27th for a look into the reported violations and what is at stake if NIC loses accreditation. Don’t miss this critical conversation about our Community College and the potential ramifications brought about by this failure of leadership by the NIC Board of Trustees.

We distribute a Zoom link for our club meeting on the Thursday prior to the meeting date. To request the link or assistance getting connected, contact Phil at pjwmia@aol.com.

Also, find videos of past Club meetings at KootenaiCountyDemClub.com/Meeting Videos.

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