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And the Beat Goes On: Effective Practices for Meeting the 2014 ACCJC Accreditation Standards

And the Beat Goes On: Effective Practices for Meeting the 2014 ACCJC Accreditation Standards Stephanie Curry, Reedley College John Stanskas, ASCCC Secretary Randy Beach, in absentia, ASCCC Executive Committee

Are the Standards Still New? • Fall 2016 – Napa Valley College • Spring

Are the Standards Still New? • Fall 2016 – Napa Valley College • Spring 2016 – 12 Colleges • 9 Colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District up for Evaluation in SP 16 2

A Call for Help with Accreditation • Resolution 2. 01 Spring 2012 called for

A Call for Help with Accreditation • Resolution 2. 01 Spring 2012 called for revision to the paper • Growing concern and dissatisfaction with accreditation processes • Growing number of sanctions • Call for a guide on how to prepare for a self evaluation 3

Effective Practices in Accreditation Paper Its not going to solve all your Accreditation Problems

Effective Practices in Accreditation Paper Its not going to solve all your Accreditation Problems It is not going to topple ACCJC However, the standards from ACCJC mirror those of WASC – Senior and other nationally recognized accreditors. 4

Effective Practices in Accreditation Paper It is going to help you organize for your

Effective Practices in Accreditation Paper It is going to help you organize for your next report and visit “There is no one way that colleges meet accreditation Standards” (pg. 3) • Organization of Paper • Faculty Involvement in Accreditation • Tips for helping you write your next report • Specific best practices for meeting each standard • Developing a culture of accreditation and evidence 5

Accreditation Top 10 tips from the paper Faculty Evolvement is the key • Focus

Accreditation Top 10 tips from the paper Faculty Evolvement is the key • Focus of Accreditation on student learning and achievement where faculty are the experts • Faculty involvement in Accreditation is a 10+1. Local senates should be actively involved in Accreditation. • “All faculty should be involved in the accreditation process” (pg. 3) 6

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Standing Accreditation Committee • Faculty Chair/Co-Chair

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Standing Accreditation Committee • Faculty Chair/Co-Chair • Provided continuity • Monitors Compliance, Recommendations, Dept. of Education requirements and collecting data “After all, administrators will often come and go from one accreditation cycle to the next, but most tenure track faculty will remain” (pg. 4) 7

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Systematic Planning, Evaluation and Longitudinal Data

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Systematic Planning, Evaluation and Longitudinal Data • Continuous, Ongoing Processes • Ongoing evaluation of policies and procedures • Show you have used that evaluation for improvement. • Show you have done this over time. “Gone are the days when colleges could work on accreditation standards just a year or two before a site visit and be successful in their bids for reaffirmation of accreditation” (pg. 7) 8

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Training and Communication • Inform and

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Training and Communication • Inform and train faculty on key components • Many faculty will be interviewed during site visits • Inform the college and community of how you are meeting standards through out the 7 year cycle • Cross-pollinating committees structures (everyone should be talking about Distance Education) “Workshops and other trainings should be established to provide continual instruction in key accreditation related issues like SLOs, curriculum and distance education. (pg. 6) 9

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Peer Evaluation Team Participation • Recruit

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Peer Evaluation Team Participation • Recruit faculty to participate on Visiting teams • Curriculum Chairs, SLO or Program Review Coordinators, Distance Education Coordinators, Academic Senate Presidents, Accreditation Chairs, Student Services and Library faculty, CTE faculty • Set the example “Faculty voices on accreditation teams are essential for a true peer evaluation process” (pg. 10) 10

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Use the Guides provided by the

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Use the Guides provided by the Commission • Provide the rubric that the teams use to evaluate the report • Guide to Accreditation for Governing Boards “With the commissions emphasis on protocol and consistent presentation of evidence it is in the best interest of the colleges preparing to write a self evaluation or to host a peer evaluation team to be aware of these guides and who to use them in all steps of the process” (pg. 11) 11

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Responding to the Standards • •

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Responding to the Standards • • Use the language of the standard Make sure you answer every part of the standard Repetition is not necessarily a bad thing Link to Relevant Evidence (don’t drown the team in irrelevant evidence) “Remember when you are writing to the Standards that the team members are reading hundreds of pages of materials” (pg. 13) 12

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Just the Facts…. supported by Evidence

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Just the Facts…. supported by Evidence • • Report the facts Avoid unnecessary superlatives Honest reflection of what your college is doing Link plans for improvement to the Quality Focus Essay “Only make claims that can be substantiated with evidence” (pg. 14) 13

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Culture of Evidence • Accreditation every

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Culture of Evidence • Accreditation every day motto • Colleges should have a clear reporting structure but evidence should also show information is sent down through the process as well. Show information is distributed both ways. “A “write first find evidence later” approach will add pressure to the committee in trying to locate evidence for statements that many have been overly polished in the writing” (pg. 15) 14

Accreditation Top 10 tips from the paper Distance Education • Regular and substantive contact

Accreditation Top 10 tips from the paper Distance Education • Regular and substantive contact • Faculty training • Evaluation • Technology Support “In short, online students at your college must Have at their fingertips all of the programs and Services offered to on campus students” (pg. 19) 15

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Accreditation= Opportunity “While the accreditation cycle

Accreditation Top 10+ 1 tips from the paper Accreditation= Opportunity “While the accreditation cycle has many moving parts and potential pitfalls, the emphasis for colleges should always be placed on accreditation as an opportunity to continuously improve its services to students and further the mission of student achievement and learning” (pg. 30) 16

Standards –Effective Practices • Standard 1 (Pages 19 -21) • Standard 2 (Pages 21

Standards –Effective Practices • Standard 1 (Pages 19 -21) • Standard 2 (Pages 21 -24) • Standard 3 (Pages 24 -27) • Standard 4 (Pages 27 -30) 17

THANK YOU! 18

THANK YOU! 18