Dear MJC Colleagues,
The work continues to finalize our Institutional Self Evaluation Report and we are on track to share an updated draft with the YCCD Board in June and the final report for approval in July. This afternoon, a final draft will be sent to the Academic Senate for review. I hope you have taken an opportunity to review the most recent draft of the document available on our website. I am so appreciative of the broad engagement of our campus in the refining of our narrative; your input has been fundamental to the quality report that is nearing completion!
In keeping with the policies of the Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges (ACCJC), as the College CEO, it is my responsibility to inform you of the process for submitting third party comments to the Commission. For accuracy, I am including the language directly out of the Accreditation Manual:
Third Party Comment
A third-party comment may be submitted to the Commission at any time as it relates to the compliance of a member institution with Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, or Commission policies. Such comment must be submitted in writing, signed, and accompanied by the affiliation, return address and telephone number of the correspondent. Commission staff will review all third-party comment to assess its applicability to Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, or Commission policies. Institutions will be provided with an opportunity to review applicable third-party comment. An applicable third-party comment will be provided to the Commission for consideration.
A third-party comment also assists the Commission as it considers applications for reaffirmation of accreditation. When an institution is undergoing a review, the Commission requires the institution’s chief executive officer to notify the campus community and public of the opportunity for submission of third-party comments and the process for doing so. In order to ensure evaluation by the external evaluation team, third party comments should be received by the Commission no later than five weeks before the evaluation team visit*. The team evaluation of third party comments will become part of the Commission review of the college at the scheduled Commission meeting**.
You will also have an opportunity to provide comments at two public forums during the team visit in October.
*Our evaluation team visit this fall is October 2-5, 2017; deadline for third party
comments is no later than August 28th.
**The Commission will review our college at its meeting in January 2018; actual date TBA.
Thank you for all of your contributions of evidence and edits during the self-evaluation
Jill Stearns, Ph.D.
President, Modest Junior College