Whereas, A workgroup formed by the chief executive officers of California community colleges is currently working with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to improve the relationship between ACCJC and the California Community College System by addressing issues with the processes and policies of the ACCJC;
Whereas, In its January 2014 findings, The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, (NACIQI) and the United States Department of Education concluded under 34 C.F.R.
Whereas, The Chief Executive Officers’ Workgroup I on Accreditation document A Preliminary Report to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges recommended that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges revise specific processes for visiting team member nomination and selection;
Whereas, Conversations about accreditation processes have on many occasions noted the need for more faculty participation on accreditation visiting teams;
Every college struggles to create processes of quality assurance and continuous improvement to demonstrate and ensure its service to students and community. Accreditation is one avenue that ensures some uniformity across many institutions in the eyes of the public. While this paper focuses on accreditation processes and meeting the needs of accrediting commissions, it is important to remember the overarching goals of service and improvement when devising systems appropriate to each individual college.
Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) convened the 2015 Task Force on Accreditation to review and address serious concerns regarding California community colleges’ accreditation process;
Whereas, Accreditation is an ongoing concern for all colleges in the California Community College System;
Whereas, Faculty participation in the accreditation process and the role of faculty in maintaining an individual college’s accreditation are essential and have been the subject of many Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Rostrum articles, resolutions, and breakout sessions;
Whereas, Judge Karnow found in the case of The People vs. ACCJC that “20 U.S.C. § 1099b (a) includes a list of requirements to be imposed on accrediting associations such as ACCJC.
Whereas, The revised accreditation standards adopted in June 2014 by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) state in Standard I, Institutional Mission and Effectiveness, the following:
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges supported a change to Title 5 regulations on Accreditation in Resolution 2.01 S14 that would remove the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College’s on accrediting California’s community colleges;
Whereas, The goal of accreditation, according to the United States Department of Education, "is to ensure that the education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality,” and faculty in the community colleges are responsible for the provision of quality education;