Accreditation Team Concludes MPC Campus Visit, Issues Exit Report
October 13, 2016
From: Dr. Walter Tribley, president, Monterey Peninsula College; email@example.com; 831-646-4100
Instead of students taking examinations this week, Monterey Peninsula College itself received a thorough examination by a community college accreditation team over the last four days as part of a comprehensive review for reaffirming its accreditation.
The 11-member visiting team examines evidence, conducts interviews, and attends meetings of college committees and councils. When the team is done with its work, it delivers a preliminary oral exit report to the college. Subsequently, the team composes the written team report, which it delivers in draft form both to the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), and to MPC. This draft includes the visiting team's commendations for areas of excellence and recommendations for areas needing improvement. The college has the opportunity to correct factual errors in this report before it is considered a final draft. The ACCJC is expected to act on the report by February 2017.
“The processes involved in maintaining accreditation give MPC the opportunity to be self-reflective and also gain from the peer review,” said MPC President Walt Tribley. “This is a healthy process given our philosophy of embracing continuous improvement and ensuring that our college serves our students in the very best manner possible. I am very proud of MPC and the high quality education MPC provides.”
MPC faculty, staff and administrators crowded into a lecture forum at lunch time Thursday to hear the “preliminary oral exit report” delivered by ACCJC evaluation team chair Scotty Thomason, President of College of the Siskiyous. Thomason introduced his team, which was composed of faculty members and administrators of colleges throughout the California Community College System. Although not officially considered commendations or recommendations until the final decision of the Accreditation Commission of California Community Colleges, the visiting team’s exit report lauded MPC’s use of “flex days” to allow for instructional and program reflections, a robust catalog review process, including “the ability to revise quickly” on the college’s web site, the delivery of and support for faculty in distance education, and student engagement and array of activities available through the Office of Student Activities.
Thomason said that areas in “need for action” are, generally, integrated planning and resource allocation, fiscal stability, institutional effectiveness and assessment of student learning outcomes, enrollment management, enterprise resource planning and student information data system, and governing board roles and policy. Tribley noted that the evaluation team was “comprehensive and thorough in a campus-wide approach” that included many interviews, two forums and an extensive review of documents.