CSM moves forward in accreditation process
Published: Monday, May 7, 2012
Updated: Monday, May 7, 2012 13:05
CSM released its first draft of a self evaluation report to the community on May 7 as a part of a long accreditation process.“It’s an end of the year update for the self evaluation process that started in mid-September,” said
student representative for the Accreditation Oversight Committee, Bailey Girard, 19.
At the April 26 district meeting, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor, Kathy Blackwood reported to the board of trustees that all three colleges were moving along in the right place in the accreditation process.The committee met May 4 for
their last meeting of the year to oversee that the necessary reports had come in and that everything was under control.
Accreditation is a requirement educational institutions must undergo to be considered competent and credible, a process that demands a comprehensive self evaluation done every six years.
The district submits its self evaluation to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. “(Accreditation) is an on going process, but on a calendar it takes three years,” said faculty co-chair of the AOC, Laura Demsetz. “Basically, we have to look at ourselves have to do?’”
The publication released on May 7 is a first draft report on CSM’s ability to meet the four standards required by the ACCJC.The four standards any college must meet are Institutional Mission and Effectiveness, Student Learning Programs and Services, Resources and Leadership and Governance.
As part of the self evaluation, committees were established to focus on each individual standard.The first standard that must be met by any educational institution is the mission statement, or its purpose as an educational entity. The Institutional Mission and Effectiveness Committee revised CSM’s mission statement and rewrote it.
The new mission statement was written using other schools as an outline or guide, according to IMEC student representative, John Kilic, 20.As reported by a summary of the April 13 meeting of the AOC, the revision included the incorporation of the Vision Statement and the Values Statement to the mission statement itself.
CSM was given a warning three years ago for a lack of appropriate evidence to back up the mission
statement it provided.“We had to do the research to support it,” said Kilic.The mission statement is also
formed with the help of Student Learning Outcomes that come from all different departments of the school.
SLOs are assessments of courses and sections that state the purpose of the class and the class’ ability to
provide for student growth.“SLOs play a big role and relatively new role in accreditation,” said Demsetz. “It’s a part of it, but there’s much more in addition to SLOs.”The Student Learning Programs and Services Committee ensures
that the college can provide the sufficient programs needed to fulfill the mission statement that adheres
to ACCJC standards. The Resources Committee makes sure that the CSM has the proper facilities and human resources to implement the programs and services.
The Leadership and Governance Committee validates administration as a competent and authoritative entity to finance and enforce everything needed to accomplish the mission statement.The information to fulfill ACCJC needs, was gathered by about nine committees, among them the Committee on Instruction and the Institutional Planning Committee, according to Demsetz. The individual groups have submitted many drafts of self evaluations for their respective departments and standards section to the AOC.
Some groups have submitted at least four drafts already, said Girard.The AOC will take that draft after getting input from the community at large to better develop writing a second draft by DATE. It will follow an identical routine
that will lead to a third and final draft of a self evaluation report in the 2013 year.“It will be editing beyond editing,” said Girard.