The 2002 Accreditation Standards: Implementation

Accreditation Committee

Because the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has now adopted the new accrediting standards over our many objections, this report was constructed with three separate thrusts: (1) it accounts for Academic Senate positions and continuing faculty concerns with and objections to the current accreditation approach; (2) it provides a summary of the experiences of the colleges who piloted the new standards; and (3) it provides practical, pragmatic assistance to local senates who must address the new Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) requirements and accommodate the shifting paradigm required for completing the self study. All of these approaches consider why and how the accreditation process should occur within boundaries of local senate governance and with due attention to institutional missions, local bargaining authority, privacy protections under the law, academic freedom, and common sense. The paper concludes with recommendations for local senates and contains useful resources and models within the appendices.