ERIC Number: ED471146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Role in Accreditation. Adopted Spring 1996.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is the accrediting agency for the California Community Colleges. This report offers information regarding the role of faculty in the accreditation process. WASC Accreditation teams--made up of administrators, faculty members, and governing board members--evaluate institutions. The process includes a reading of the institution's catalog, class schedule, and self-study. The team focuses on validating the information in the self-study through interviews with administrators, faculty, staff, and students and through visits to classrooms, offices, and facilities. Team members submit written reports to the team leader, who incorporates these reports into a larger report. The team leader meets privately with the college president so that the president has the opportunity to correct any factual errors. The reports include recommendations. The final report recommends either full accreditation status for the next 6 years, accreditation for a shorter period with a review or revisit to determine whether serious deficiencies have been corrected, probation, or even suspension of accreditation. The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has worked with the Accrediting Commission to increase faculty participation in the accreditation process. The paper recommends faculty involvement in the writing of college self-studies and involvement with visiting teams. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), College Faculty, Committees, Community Colleges, Institutional Evaluation, Standard Setting, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.academicsenate.cc.ca.us/Publications/Papers/fac_role_accreditaion.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.