Whereas, Faculty members are concerned about the accreditation process and recent accreditation outcomes related to meeting the 2002 Accreditation Standards and the viability of their colleges;
Whereas, Every member of a college community has a stake in a successful outcome based on meeting the 2002 Accreditation Standards and a responsibility to assist in addressing any recommendations, particularly if those recommendations place the college on sanction;
Whereas, The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) sends its reports and recommendations only to chancellors and superintendents/presidents of individual California community colleges, who then choose when and how to share the information with their constituents (faculty, staff, and administrators) and the public; and
Whereas, ACCJC does not release its decisions immediately, on the assumption that chancellors and superintendent/presidents will inform their community in a timely fashion, and there have been instances when the information was not provided immediately to the campus community;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to promote local board policies requiring that accreditation documents be made available to the college community within 48 hours of receipt.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates
Past President Beth Smith authored a letter to ACCJC regarding full time faculty on visiting teams and the publications of materials. Correspondence from ACCJC routinely instructs the ALOs to disseminate to the campus and publish widely.