Campus Strives to Make the Grade

By Amari Martin

A voluntary three day peer review by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) took place Oct. 3-6. The ACCJC are represented by different people from different districts, who produce reports for the commission. The Accreditation Team was lead by President/Superintendent of San Joaquin Delta College, Dr. Kathleen Hart. Representatives evaluated the academic quality and effectiveness of each Chaffey campus.

There were four core standards that were reviewed by the team: 1.Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, Mission, and Integrity; 2. Student Learning Programs and Support Services, 3. Resources, and 4. Leadership and Governance.

Photo by Michael Ravenelle

Photo by Michael Ravenelle

Between October 2-3, ACCJC requested Chaffey to submit a mission statement of our schools overall structure and organization. It being:

“Chaffey College inspires hope and success by improving lives and our community in a dynamic, supportive,and engaging environment of educational excellence where our diverse students learn and benefit from foundation, career, and transfer programs.”

2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

- Chaffey was one of only two California schools to make the top 10, out of the initial 150 eligible candidates chosen in January.

- The information used to decide the top 10 finalists involved Extensive data on the performance and improvements in learning,  graduation, workforce outcomes and  equitable outcomes for all students.

During the three day review, the ACCJC committee observed qualities of Chaffey that could be implemented in other colleges for the benefit of the students. One thing they found appealing about our school was our overall student and staff connection. They noticed how much the teachers give to the students as well as how much the students give back.

On Oct. 6, all representatives from the peer committee gave an overview of what was observed throughout the week. This event took place at the theatre building — students and faculty were both invited. It was announced that our accreditation will be received via mail sometime in January, within 30 days after the commission makes a decision.

The results of the accreditation will determine how much financial assistance our school will receive from the government. Positive results from the commission could enhance learning outcomes and forge a stronger community. Not only is this beneficial to our college, but also for students planning to transfer. Accreditation allows students to receive transferable credits accepted by higher institutions. As Dr. Henry Shannon pointed out, Chaffey is in good standing, having been selected as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation by The Aspen Institute.