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Accreditation Primer 2013
Although considered “voluntary,” without accredited status, educational institutions cannot receive federal funding for their students and courses cannot be used for transfer to other institutions. The “stamp of approval” provides students, the public, faculty, and staff with assurances of our integrity, quality, and effectiveness.
Besides the obvious advantages of being accredited, a school can benefit from taking the time to stop and evaluate the way it functions. We don’t often take time from our daily routine to ask, “How are we doing? Could we do better?”
First, we need to conduct a thorough self study, involving faculty, administrators, classified staff, and students. We will appraise our performance against the Commission’s standards as well as our own stated goals. Based on our discussions and research, we will write a comprehensive report, which sums up our findings and responds to the recommendations made last time.
A team from the Commission will read our report, visit the campus in Spring 2013, interview some of us, and write a report, with commendations for exemplary practices and recommendations for areas needing improvement. The Commission uses all of this information to determine our status and makes its decision public.
Keep your Accreditation Chair in the loop! Let me know when your team is meeting and contact me if you need help. Check the LAVC website for information on our progress.
Contacting Deborah Kaye, Accreditation Chair:
Office – B83
My mailbox in the main office
The Commission has made it clear that an ‘ongoing, self-reflective dialogue’ is central to institutional processes. “A dialogue is a group discussion among colleagues that is designed to explore complex issues, create greater group intelligence, and facilitate group learning.” They see this dialogue as helping the college to promote quality and improvement.
Several themes are threaded through the standards. These themes can provide guidance and structure to self-reflective dialogue and evaluation of institutional effectiveness. Here are the themes:
Evaluation, Planning, and Improvement
Student Learning Outcomes
If you were involved in previous cycles of accreditation, you know that many of the standards are the same. However, in 2002, a new element was added to accreditation’s focus: Student Learning Outcomes. These focus on what students have learned as a result of attending college. This focus requires that the institution provide evidence of a conscious effort to: