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I am very pleased to report that thanks to the great work of many faculty, staff, managers and students, we have submitted our March 15, 2012 Accreditation Midterm Report to our accrediting agency...

Accreditation Midterm Report

I am very pleased to report that thanks to the great work of many faculty, staff, managers and students, we have submitted our March 15, 2012 Accreditation Midterm Report to our accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges  (ACCJC).  The report can be viewed at http://www.pasadena.edu/IPRO/Accreditation/accred2009.cfm.   It is an impressive document consisting of a 43 page report supported by over 500 pages of evidence representing the impressive work of the entire college community. 

Special appreciation is conveyed to Crystal Kollross, the college’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Enrollment Management, for the “heavy lifting” in compiling the report and appendices.  

The following is from President Rocha’s Statement of Report Preparation which provides a sense of the college’s significant accomplishments since our 2009 Accreditation Visit.

“Our Midterm report fully addresses the five key recommendations of the Commission in its 2009 report that had led the Commission to place the college on Warning.  We have since submitted our Follow-up Report in October 2010 and our site visit in November 2010 led to the Commission removing us from Warning and reaffirming our accreditation.  This Midterm report shows still more measurable progress on these five recommendations.  Our report clearly and precisely reports actions we have taken, progress we have made, and the assessment work we are doing. 

  • Recommendation 1: We have linked planning to budgeting and now base all decisions on our Educational Master Plan in a fully participatory decision-making process.
  • Recommendation 2: We have moved from the development level of implementation into the proficiency level of implementation on course, degree, certificate, and general education SLOs.
  • Recommendation 3: We have developed and approved Distance Education policies and procedures and submitted a Substantive Change Proposal to the Commission.
  • Recommendations 4: We have written, approved, and now live by clear statements of ethics for all faculty, staff and managers.
  • Recommendation 5: We have completed our review of our shared governance and made significant improvements to the decision making process.

Such extraordinary progress was made possible by meaningful college-wide participation and consultation by faculty, staff, students, administration, and trustees. ”

Our Midterm Report also speaks to the progress made on the 25 college self-identified Improvement Plan items.  During the 2009 Accreditation Self-Study process, the college identified 25 Improvement Plan items that address the college’s recognition of areas for improvement.  The accreditation process requires us to report on our progress in addressing these items in the Midterm Report and expects we will have addressed the items fully when the Commission returns for our 2015 Accreditation visit.

In closing, we can be proud of the work accomplished and the work that continues. The college has embraced the notion that the accreditation process is an on-going iterative process that never ends.  We are in a constant state of self-assessment and awareness which leads to a continuous-cycle of improvement that accrues every day to the benefit of our students.

As always, thank you for all you do for our students.

Bob

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Release Date: 03/19/2012
Contact: Robert B. Miller , Vice President, Educational Services
Phone: (626) 585-7170
Email: rbmiller@pasadena.edu