Fall 2015 Convocation Kicks off Accreditation

To commence the new academic year, the faculty and staff are invited back to campus on Friday, Aug. 21 for Fall 2015 Convocation. Interim President Greg Schulz will lead the day that begins with breakfast in the Campus Dining Room before moving to the Campus Theatre for the formal presentation.

The day will serve as the official campus kick-off for the two-year Accreditation process. A special presentation will be given by Accreditation Steering Committee members Danielle Fouquette and Joe Carrithers before the audience disperses to breakout sessions in the 200 Building. All members of the college community are encouraged to attend one of the breakout sessions to learn more about a particular Accreditation standard and to discuss how the college addresses that standard in its programs, practices and policies.

Fall 2015 Convocation Schedule:

8-8:45 a.m. – Breakfast, Campus Dining Hall

9-10:15 a.m. – Convocation Presentation, Campus Theatre

Featuring:

President Remarks

Faculty Senate Remarks

Classified Senate Remarks

Chancellor Welcome

A Welcome From the Board of Trustee

Accreditation Steering Committee Presentation

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Accreditation Breakout Sessions, 200 Building

Standard I: Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness and Integrity – Room 229

Presented by Co-Chairs David Grossman and Doug Eisner

Standard IIA: Student Learning Programs – Room 228

Presented by Co-Chairs Dan Willoughby and Mike Mangan

Standard IIB: Library and Learning Support Services – Room 226

Presented by Co-Chairs Dani Wilson and Joe Carrithers

Standard III: Resources – Room 224

Presented by Co-Chairs Richard Storti and Marcus Wilson

Standard IV: Leadership and Governance – Room 227

Presented by Co-Chairs Savannah Jones and Josh Ashenmiller

What is Accreditation?

Fullerton College’s Accreditation is a two-year self-evaluation process involving all facets of the campus. Every six years, community colleges in California are evaluated by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. “Accreditation is a voluntary system of self-regulation developed to evaluate overall educational quality and institutional effectiveness. The ACCJC accreditation process provides assurance to the public that the accredited member colleges meet the Standards; the education earned at the institutions is of value to the student who earned it; and employers, trade or profession-related licensing agencies, and other colleges and universities can accept a student’s credential as legitimate.”

At the heart of this process is a comprehensive self-evaluation report prepared by the college, along with documents and evidence that support the evaluation.

In the fall of 2017, a team of ACCJC site team evaluators, drawn from faculty and administrators at ACCJC member community colleges, will visit the campus for approximately three days in order to review the programs, practices, and policies described by us in the self-evaluation report. This visit can include interviews with members of the college community, reviews of documents, visits to classrooms and other relevant sites, and informal discussions with interested individuals.

What is Fullerton College’s goal for Accreditation 2017?

The goal is to accomplish reaffirmation of the accreditation process, which provides an opportunity for Fullerton College to evaluate the effectiveness of its programs, practices and policies. The college is committed to a self-evaluation that draws on campus-wide engagement at all stages. It will employ a process that facilitates accurate and thorough identification and documentation of best practices at Fullerton College that meet or exceed accreditation standards, as well as noting opportunities to improve. The resulting ACCJC Institutional Self-Evaluation Report will accurately document the nature and substance of Fullerton College and will reflect a broad consensus of faculty and staff.

What is the timeline for FC Accreditation 2017?

Over the next two years, the Steering Committee will lead the campus through a process that is organized into four stages

Stage I
Fall 2015
Stage II
Spring 2016-Fall 2016
Stage III
Spring 2017-Summer 2017
Stage IV
Fall 2017
  • Assembling subcommittees for each standard
  • Gathering information, data, and evidence
  • Identifying themes for self-evaluation report
  • Preparing first draft of self-evaluation report
  • Organizing evidence
  • Getting feedback to first draft from campus, district, and community
  • Revising self-evaluation report
  • Compiling and cataloguing evidence and data
  • Preparing campus for site team visit
  • Site team visit

 

Who are the people responsible for guiding the self-evaluation process?

The college’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) is José Ramón Núñez, vice president of instruction and he is co-chair of the accreditation steering committee along with faculty co-chair Danielle Fouquette.

The steering committee also includes co-chairs for each area of the standards. These chairs head subcommittees that will focus on the particular requirements of that area.

Additional members include Mark Greenhalgh, dean of Mathematics and Computer Science, Carlos Ayon, director of Institutional Research and Planning, and Pete Snyder, Faculty Senate president.

 

Standards Subcommittee Co-chairs
I: Mission, Academic Quality, and Institutional Effectiveness and Integrity Doug Eisner, Professor of English
David Grossman, Dean of Physical Education
IIA: Instructional Programs Mike Mangan, Professor of English
Dan Willoughby, Dean of Humanities
IIB &C: Library and Learning Support Services and Student Support Services Joe Carrithers, Professor of English
Dani Wilson, Dean of Library/Learning Resources, Instructional Support Programs and Services
III: Resources Marcus Wilson, Professor of Business
Richard Storti, Vice President of Administrative Services
IV Leadership and Governance Josh Ashenmiller, Professor of History
Savannah Jones, Vice President Student Services

 

Author: Fullerton College

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