Whereas, The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has released the draft accrediting standards for first reading in January 2014 and letter from Barbara Beno on March 18, 2014;
Whereas, The new standards propose changes related to the faculty role in various processes such as:
- Governance process for review of mission statement (I.A)
- Reliance on faculty to identify SLOs (II.A.2.b)
- The faculty role in hiring statement removal “as determined by individuals with discipline expertise”
and would benefit from additional faculty evaluation and input; and
Whereas, Faculty have also expressed concerns about the new Institutional Integrity section (IC) and its possible interpretation;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges collaborate, where appropriate, with other constituent groups, such as Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) and community college faculty unions, before the April 30, 2014 deadline for public comment in order to coordinate verbal and written responses to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges about the draft Accreditation Standards from the faculty perspectives; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges request an extension of the second reading of the proposed revisions to the Standards until January 2015 to allow for further consideration and discussion of public comments.
Prior to April 30, 2014, Senate leadership collaborated with the Council of Faculty Organizations (CoFO) in a written response to the ACCJC to accomplish the intent of this resolution.