September 10, 2009
Accreditation Visiting Team Training
I attended one yesterday (Sept 9) in Oakland. My thoughts:
-One of the main purposes of the visit is to see if the processes
described in the self study are being used.
How do you participate in Program Review?
How do you propose and revise curricula?
How do you use student achievement data in
assessing effectiveness of courses and programs?
How do you use student learning outcome
results in assessing effectiveness?
How do you participate in the resource
allocation process? How do you get money for your program?
On what basis are these kinds of decisions
"Follow the money backwards"
-ACCJC has good fundamental ideas on how to judge the quality of an
Solid information about student learning
should inform or form the rationale for decisions
Student learning is always central to
planning and resource allocation decisions
-But the ACCJC has not executed these major themes in a clear and
Repetitiveness of standards
Wording of standards
Organization of standards
Rubrics without a clear connection to
Power-point presentations that communicate
slightly different messages
Updates in newsletters
Visiting teams that have as many different
opinions, perspectives, and complaints as we do
-And we're all a little worse off because of it.
-Fundamental definitions about what SLO assessment really means is
still unresolved (IMHO)
I can also report that I'm receiving excellent leadership from my
visiting team chair. That part is working well so far.
Board Policy on Internet/Network use
Sharon Colton has forwarded us a draft of a new board policy that
replaces two separate policies that covered email and internet use.
The Executive Committee decided to forward the policies to the
Academic Senate Academic Freedom Committee and the Distance
Education Task Force for comments. Both these groups have agreed to
have a look at it and get back to us in time for our Sept 24
This is an informal, friendly "look-see" from Sharon. This policy
has not yet been entered into the "official" PACC-regulated board
policy review process.
Academic Senate Goals for the 2009-10 Academic Year
Board Policies? -- need a "point person"
Faculty Hiring Procedures
Internet and Network Policy
Technology in general?
Advisories and prerequisites?
Academic Excellence, Quality, and Institutional Effectiveness at
Let's Talk About Teaching and Student Learning?