2017 Accreditation Institute

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Deadline to Register/Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

The 2017 Accreditation Institute will take place at the Napa Valley Marriott: 3425 Solano Avenue, Napa, CA 94558 on February 17 - 18, 2017.

At our colleges, the work of accreditation never ends. Whether your college is gathering evidence, in the process of writing your Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER), or preparing for a comprehensive site visit, the Academic Senate for California Community College’s Accreditation Institute will provide guidance and support. Accreditation is an opportunity to share everything that our colleges do well and to identify areas where we can do even better. This year’s institute is focused on helping colleges show that they meet standards and to use accreditation to help our colleges achieve excellence.

 

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Registration

2017 Accreditation Institute

 

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 23, 2017

Early Registration: $470

Late Registration:  $535 - Starting January 24, 2017

1 Day Presenter Registration: $110

2 Day Presenter Registration: $215

Eventbrite can take payment by check or credit card.  If you are choosing the check payment option, please select other payment options on the form at the bottom right.

Attendees are responsible for securing their own hotel rooms.  Please see the Hotel tab below for reservation information.

FAQs

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Your registration is transferable, please contact the Senate Office in writing at events [at] asccc.org (events [at] asccc.org.)

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

  • Payment is required prior to entering an Academic Senate event.

  • Please remember that the last day to cancel your registration without penalty is always posted at the bottom of each event's webpage, and is listed in each confirmation email. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to events [at] asccc.org on or before the posted date. Registration will not be canceled due to non-payment. All cancellations made after the posted cancellation date will be assessed a $175 cancellation fee.

  • Full Refunds will not be granted for cancellations after the posted cancellation deadline.

  • Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the event will be billed the full registration amount for the conference.

  • No shows, unclaimed "TBA" attendees, and cancellations made after the deadline will be billed to you and/or your college for the total cost of registration and room if applicable to the event. As attendees are permitted to register without funds, we have no way of determining cancellation unless specifically told, in writing.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure payment of the registration fee. Submission of your registration signifies agreement with this policy.

  • Unpaid balances owed to the Academic Senate must be paid off before an attendee can register for a future event.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, All attendee registrations must match the ticket.  If you would like to transfer your registration, you must cancel the first one, then register the second attendee online.  If a payment transfer needs to be made because payment was made by check, you must contact the Senate Office directly with a written notification at events [at] asccc.org (events [at] asccc.org.)

 

 

Hotel & Travel

HOTEL INFORMATION

Academic Academy will be taking place at the Napa Valley Marriott: 3425 Solano Avenue, Napa, CA 94558

You can make hotel reservations online by utilizing the https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ASCCC website link.  The reservation website has been set up for making hotel reservations.  Please use the following site to make your reservations: 

If the online reservation system says that there are not rooms available, it simply means that we don't have the availability within our group block.  However, the hotel should still have availability outside of the room block. Please phone the reservation number below to make your reservations.

Rooms are limited and will sell out.  Please make your hotel reservation early.

Room Rates: $149 - Single; $149 - Double; $149 - Thursday Night

Room Rates: $199 - Single; $199 - Double; $199 - Friday Night

Group rates available 3 days pre/post conference pending availability.

Included: Free guest room internet and free parking.

Please contact Patti Hughes- Academic Senate Event Planner at 916-445-4753x102 with any questions or concerns, patti [at] asccc.org.

Presentation Materials

Program

2017 ACCREDITATION INSTITUTE FINAL PROGRAM 

CHARTING THE COURSE ACCREDITATION AS A TOOL FOR INSTITUTIONAL EXCELLENCE 

Strands for Breakout Sessions

Introduction to Accreditation
Moving Beyond the Basics – More Advanced Topics in Accreditation
Outcomes, Assessment, and Data
Accreditation Standards

Friday February 17th, 2017

Continental Breakfast and Registration and Sign In
8:30 am – 9:30 am

General Session One             
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Welcome
Craig Rutan, ASCCC Accreditation Chair

Scanning the Horizon: New Requirements for Disaggregating Achievement and Outcomes Data
Randy Beach, ASCCC South Representative
Craig Hayward, Senior Researcher, RP Group

Although colleges have disaggregated student achievement data (e.g. completion, retention) by subpopulations for many years, the addition of standard I.B.6 in 2014 to require disaggregation of learning outcomes is still creating confusion and consternation throughout the California community college system. In this session, presenters will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by outcomes data disaggregation. Examples of analyses conducted by colleges that have disaggregated SLO data will be shared for review and discussion.

Objective: Learn effective uses of disaggregated achievement and learning outcomes data to improve teaching, learning and institutional effectiveness.

Breakout Session One           
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Accreditation 101 
Sam Foster, ASCCC South Representative
Zaida O’Connor, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Antelope Valley College
Fabiola Torres, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Glendale College

This session is especially geared for those who are attending their first accreditation institute and for those who are new to the local accreditation processes on their campus. Attendees will learn about the accreditation process and the four standards that work together to define the institution’s competence to promote student success, academic quality, institutional integrity, and excellence in all academic programs. This session will also provide information on how Distance Education in addressed throughout all 4 standards as well as the role of the Accreditation Commission.

Objective: Develop and understanding of the basics of accreditation including the four standards, how distance education is evaluated across the standards, and the role of ACCJC. 

Learning by Doing: Participating on an Evaluation Team
Kristina Allende, Mt San Antonio College
Ginni May, ASCCC North Representative
Dan Wanner, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Los Angeles City College

An accreditation evaluation team is made up of professional peers who volunteer their time to review the quality of a college’s programs, services, and institutional effectiveness. This session will focus on how to be invited to serve on an evaluation team, the training received, and how serving on a team can benefit your college as you prepare your next Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER).

Objective:  Understand the role of evaluators, how a team evaluates an ISER, what occurs during a site visit, and what goes into the writing of an Evaluation Team Report.

Student Learning Outcomes: Everything You Always Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask
Randy Beach, ASCCC South Representative
Jarek Janio, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Santa Ana College
Lisa Marchand, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Cosumnes River College

After 14 years of wrangling with student learning outcomes as part of the accreditation standards, questions regarding assessing and reporting them persist. Do SLOs belong on a syllabus? Should SLOs be in the catalog? What impact might SLO reporting have on performance evaluations? Experienced facilitators will answer any questions regarding learning outcomes, their role in the accreditation process, and their function in improving institutional effectiveness.

Objective: Provide guidance on frequently asked questions regarding student learning outcomes and the accreditation standards.

Mission, Academic Quality, and Institutional Effectiveness: Understanding Standard I
Vernon Martin, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Sierra College
Craig Rutan, ASCCC Accreditation Chair

How effective is your college? Does your college mission reflect the community the college serves? How do you demonstrate that your college is satisfying its mission and meeting the needs of students and the community? These are some of the questions that colleges must answer when addressing the requirements of Standard I in their Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER). Please join us for a discussion about the requirements of Standard I and some strategies on how to address those requirements in your self-evaluation.

Objective: Develop an understanding of the requirements of Standard I through a discussion of approaches and strategies.

General Session Two              
12:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Lunch

Welcome from ASCCC
Julie Bruno, ASCCC President

Welcome from ASCCC Foundation
Ginni May, ASCCC Foundation President

Moving SLOs from Meeting Accreditation Requirements to Improving Student Learning
Dolores Davison, ASCCC Secretary, Faciitator
Jarek Janio, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Santa Ana College
Lisa Marchand, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Cosumnes River College
Catherine Webb, Monterey Peninsula College

In 2002, student learning outcomes (SLOs) came to the California community colleges. While the intent of SLOs is to improve instruction, many colleges focused on compliance with requirements of the accreditation standards. Many faculty have begun looking at SLOs and reshaping them to improve the effectiveness of instruction and student learning. Our panelists will share their vision of how SLOs can be used to improve our colleges and suggest ways to shift the dialog at your college toward re-visioning SLOs as tools for improving student success.

Objective: Expose how SLOs can be used to improve student learning and how to change the dialog about SLOs at California Community Colleges.

Breakout Session Two               
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

DE and Accreditation – Going Beyond Describing Regular and Substantive Contact
Dolores Davison, ASCCC Secretary
Conan McKay, ASCCC Representative-at-Large
Fabiola Torres, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Glendale College

It’s not just about discussion forums demonstrating regular and effective contact. It’s about preparing faculty to design their courses that align with the locally decided DE policies on regular and effective contact. This session will provide examples of faculty preparedness in their course design as your faculty prepared for accreditors to visit your online courses.

Objective:  Provide resources and strategies to prepare faculty to design their courses as complaint as possible per your DE policies. 

Program Review and Integrated Planning – A Conversation About Data
Barry Gribbons, Deputy Chancellor, College of the Canyons
John Stanskas, ASCCC Vice President

As we are asked to become more and more data driven regarding evaluation of programs and planning for future needs of our communities, it can be overwhelming to sift through copious streams of data.  In the context of accreditation, colleges evaluate their effectiveness at achieving their mission through quantitative and qualitative disaggregated data.  Feel free to bring examples from your processes or listen to what other colleges are doing in this area of assessing institutional effectiveness.

Objective:  Develop an understanding of the types of data used to support programmatic review and integrated planning (Standard I B) through discussion and examples.

Accreditation 102 (Substantive Change, Two-Year Rule, Annual Reports)
Julie Bruno, ASCCC President
Vernon Martin, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Sierra College
Norv Wellsfry, Vice President of Substantive Change, ACCJC

Colleges strive to improve through change. Do the changes at your college qualify as a Substantive Change? How and when do you submit a Substantive Change Proposal? What is the Two-Year Rule of accreditation and how might this impact your college? It’s March and your Annual Report is almost due, now what?  Join us for a discussion about these issues and learn about resources and strategies in handling them at your college. 

Objective: Develop an understanding of the Substantive Change process, the Two-Year Accreditation Rule, and the Annual Report through a discussion of various resources and approaches.

Leadership and Governance: Understanding Standard IV
Irene Malmgren, Vice President of Instruction, Mt. San Antonio College
Kathleen Rose, Superintendent/President, Gavilan College
Craig Rutan, ASCCC Accreditation Chair
Dan Wanner, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Los Angeles City College

How effective are your governance processes? Does every constituent group understand their role in decision making? An effective self-evaluation report should describe and document college and district decision-making processes, including the role of all constituent groups. Please join us for a discussion about collegial governance, CEOs, governing boards, and the unique challenges faced by multi-college districts.

Objective: Develop an understanding of how to effectively document local processes to demonstrate that your colleges meets the requirements of Standard IV.

Breakout Sessions Three              
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Meeting the Standards for Every Student
Dolores Davison, ASCCC Secretary
Fabiola Torres, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Glendale College

Distance Education also means distant student services. Whether it’s tutoring or counseling, student services must be prepared to offer online services equivalent to on campus services. OEI resources will be introduced to better serve the online student needs and to inspire institutional plans to include online student services needs.

Objective:  Provide resources to guide campuses toward tools and services for online student services.

Long-term Planning in 5,000 Words: The Quality Focus Essay
Randy Beach, ASCCC South Representative
Erik Shearer, Interim Vice President of Instruction, Napa Valley College
Dan Wanner, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Los Angeles City College
Norv Wellsfy, Vice President of Substantive Change, ACCJC

The Quality Focus Essay (QFE) must describe multi-year, long-term directions for improvement in two or three areas a College has identified through its Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER). This session will describe the strategies used by those colleges that have written and begun to implement the action projects described in their QFEs.

Objective: Understand the purpose of the QFE, methods for generating appropriate and meaningful action projects, setting timelines and identifying outcomes, and tracking progress towards the writing of the Midterm Report and next ISER.

New Challenges with Student Learning Outcomes?
Ginni May, ASCCC North Representative
Craig Rutan, ASCCC Accreditation Chair

Standard I.B.6 (disaggregation of student learning outcomes) and II.A.9 (issue course credit, certificates, and degrees based on attainment of learning outcomes) have brought student learning outcomes into places where we have traditionally tracked student achievement data. Does the mixing of student outcomes and student achievement pose a new challenge for colleges? Are there strategies to meet these standards without faculty having to collect more data? Please join us for a discussion about how to address these standards.

Objective: Develop an understanding of various interpretations of standards I.B.6 and II.A.9 and how to implement those interpretations locally.
 
Libraries, Counseling and Athletics, Oh My! (Standard II B,C)
Jarek Janio, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Santa Ana College
Adrienne Foster, ASCCC Area C Representative
Lisa Marchand, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Cosumnes River College
John Stanskas, ASCCC Vice President

Libraries, Counseling and Athletics all contribute to both a supportive student environment and the social and cultural dimension of the student learning experience.  Creating structures outside of the classroom that support and nurture equitable student achievement is the pillar of this part of Standard II.  Join us for a discussion regarding how colleges integrate support services that lead to successful student achievement.

Objective:  Understand how colleges can create support service systems that equitably promote student achievement as required by the accreditation standards. (Standard II B, C)


Saturday February 18th, 2017

Breakfast           
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Breakout Session Four             
 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

All About Resources (Standard III)
Dolores Davison, ASCCC Secretary
Sam Foster, ASCCC South Representative
Zaida O’Connor, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Antelope Valley College

This breakout will examine how institutions effectively use their human, physical, technology, and financial resources to achieve their mission and to improve academic quality and institutional effectiveness as described in Standard III. This interactive discussion will include effective ways to meet this standard in single- and multi-college districts as well as ways to use these resources to support Distance Education and other courses offered away for the campus.

Objective: Discuss effective practices in utilizing resources to meet Standard III including how distance education and off campus courses are supported.

Helping the Site Team Evaluate Your Institution
Kristina Allende, Mt San Antonio College
Irene Malmgren, Vice President of Instruction, Mt San Antonio College
Lisa Marchand, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Cosumnes River College
Ginni May, ASCCC North Representative

Your college has completed its Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER) and is gearing up for the site visit by the accreditation peer review team. How should the college prepare for the visit? Who will be on the visiting team? What will the visit be like? Who will the team request to meet with? What questions will the team ask? What information should the college share or not share? Please join the presenters in dialog as they answer these questions, and more. They will share their personal experiences interacting with the peer review team members during site visits at their colleges, and with serving as peer reviewers on a visiting team. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and share their own experiences.

Objective: Learn effective strategies to prepare for an accreditation site visit and how to interact with the peer reviewers while they are on campus.

Student and Support Services Outcomes
Jarek Janio, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Santa Ana College
Adrienne Foster, ASCCC Area C Representative
Vernon Martin, ASCCC Accreditation Committee, Sierra College
John Stanskas, ASCCC Vice President

How do you assess Student and Support Service outcomes? Are student service outcomes different from instructional program outcomes? Come join us in a discussion about approaches and strategies in assessing Student and Support Service outcomes (Standard II B, C) and how to address those requirements.

Objective: Develop an understanding of the Student and Support Service assessment (Standard II B, C) through a discussion of approaches and strategies.

The Changing Federal Landscape of Accreditation
Julie Bruno, ASCCC President

Cindy Miles, Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Craig Rutan, ASCCC Accreditation Chair
Richard Winn, Interim President ACCJC

In recent years, actions by the U.S. Department of Education and Congress have affected regional accreditors evaluation of colleges. The creation of the College Scorecard, requirements to collect gainful employment data, increased scrutiny on graduation rates, and passage of the Accreditation Reform and Enhanced Accountability Act of 2016 (AREAA) are all recent or pending actions that could directly impact our colleges. Please join us for an update on current legislation and how recent changes could impact our colleges.

Objective:  Understand the impact of pending federal legislation and actions on regional accreditation.

General Session Three                                                                      
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Future of Accreditation in the California Community Colleges
Craig Rutan, ASCCC Accreditation Chair, Facilitator
Helen Benjamin, Retired Chancellor, Contra Costa Community College District
Cindy Miles, Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
David Morse, ASCCC Past President, Long Beach City College
Richard Winn, Interim President, ACCJC

Last year, the Board of Governors approved a plan to change accreditation in the California community colleges. For the past year two workgroups created by the college presidents and chancellors have been meeting to discuss changes to how ACCJC operates and to discuss different options for accreditation in the future. As this year’s institute closes, our panel will discuss changes to accreditation that have already happened, changes that may be seen soon, and what accreditation might look like in the years to come.

Objective: Provide an update on, the progress of the two accreditation workgroups.

Closing Remarks
Craig Rutan, ASCCC Accreditation Chair