NIC trustees abruptly call off public meeting

North Idaho College trustees were ready to hold a public meeting, until they weren’t.

The board abruptly called off a public session Tuesday — after trustees met in a closed executive session, and before trustees hopped on a Zoom call with the college’s accrediting body.

Kaye Thornbrugh of the Coeur d’Alene Press has details on the meeting that wasn’t.

Tuesday’s non-meeting comes as the embattled community college faces a deadline.

By Friday, NIC must submit a written report, making its case for remaining accredited. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has requested the “show-cause” report ahead of a site visit scheduled for late April.

Accreditors have asked NIC to address a series of concerns: trustees’ decision to place President Nick Swayne on paid administrative leave, a decision reversed earlier in March; a continued decline in enrollment; declining donor support; and a “continued exodus of faculty, staff and senior administrators.”

Trustees were scheduled to discuss a draft of NIC’s response during Tuesday’s meeting.

Check back for details on NIC’s response to accreditors.   

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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