Dear Colleagues,

We hope you are having a productive and enjoyable semester.  Receiving the letter from ACCJC in February allowed us the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the news.  However, we are still on warning and cannot lose focus of the work we need to complete so we can get off sanction altogether.

On another accreditation front, we need volunteers (all hands on deck) for the 2014 Comprehensive Self Evaluation.  You do not need to be an expert to help out.  Standard team chairs have various tasks they need help with including investigating and summarizing information and questions related to different standards.  Remember, even if you feel you don’t know anything about accreditation, helping out on a standard is a great way to learn more about the institution and the accreditation process.  If you are interested in volunteering on a standard team please contact one of the standard team chairs and let them know you are interested or send an email to Deb and Kasey. A list of the standard team chairs is attached.

A great way to familiarize yourself with accreditation is to take the online Accreditation Basic course offered on ACCJC’s web site. This is a great online workshop that offers a comprehensive overview of higher education accreditation in the United States, including regional accreditation, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as an in-depth look at the ACCJC Accreditation Standards. The online workshop is self-paced and can be completed at any time that suits your schedule. If taken in full, the workshop requires approximately two hours. You can access the workshop at: http://www.accjc.org/events/accjc-accreditation-training/accreditation-basics-%E2%80%93-an-online-workshop-on-the-basic-principles-of-accreditation

To keep you updated, the work of many of the standards' teams is underway and one of the things they are looking for first, are gaps or aspects of the standards that the college does not meet so these can be rectify before our 2014 Comprehensive Self Evaluation is completed. One important thing to remember is that everyone in the institution should be ready to respond to inquiries from standards teams in a timely manner. You may be asked to verify a finding or supply a piece of evidence. Doing so quickly can ensure the work of the team progresses expeditiously and accurately. 

As for the work on our follow-up report, the college Foundation has funded a few hours of Eva Conrad’s time to review the visiting team’s Show Cause report, consult with us about what specifically needs to be done and addressed in the 2013 follow-up report.  We are looking forward to working with Eva again. 

Lastly, Kevin and I had the opportunity to visit with City College of San Francisco last week and share our “show cause” experience during one of their Chancellor's Forums.  Some of the themes (i.e. messages) we shared with them was to; 1) take ownership and accept responsibility, don’t waste time looking backwards and blaming, 2) the importance of working together collectively in the best interest of the institution and students, 3) organizing and planning to ensure that everything that needs to be accomplished gets accomplished, 4) providing the right communication, both internally and externally, 5) the value of training and incorporating accreditation in the work we do, and 6) to try and have fun and "keep calm and carry on."  This Wednesday, March 13, a group from the College of the Sequoias will also be visiting us to talk with different individuals about our “show cause” experience.  Hopefully, both these colleges can learn from some of our mistakes and what we did well. 

We hope you enjoy the rest of this beautiful week on campus. We'll be in touch soon.

Deb and Kevin


Deborah Wulff
Interim Vice-President of Academic Affairs
Cuesta College
805 546-3122