SMC Defined Institutional Purpose
recently began preparations for two separate accreditation
reviews scheduled for 2009 and 2011. The purpose is to measure
and assess the effectiveness of the institution in accordance
with the Standards of Accreditation defined by the Western
Association of Schools and Colleges, or WASC. WASC is the
regional accrediting agency responsible for accrediting colleges
and universities which offer the baccalaureate degree or higher
in California, Hawaii, Guam, and the Pacific Basin.
To pass the accreditation reviews, the
College must demonstrate that it meets or exceeds the WASC
Standards, which are:
- defining institutional purposes and
ensuring educational objectives objectives
- achieving educational objectives
through core functions
- developing and applying resources
and organizational structures to ensure sustainability
- creating an organization committed
to learning and improving
Being an accredited institution not
only signifies a standard of quality, but also qualifies institutions
to receive federal financial aid. SMC is also keeping the
promise that as a WASC accredited institution, it meets rigorous
standards and provides quality education for students.
In May, the first phase of the accreditation
process, the Institutional Proposal, was completed.
The purpose of the Institutional Proposal is to define
the design of the review, and SMC has based its design to
achieve the new College vision, and strengthen the culture
The accreditation process also involves
two site visits. The first visit is called the Capacity
and Prepatory Review (CPR), and the second visit is called
the Educational Effectiveness Review (EER).
The CPR will involve the entire campus
— faculty, staff, and students — to focus on institutional
purposes, integrity, resources, and organizational structures.
The EER will involve primarily faculty, to examine College
educational objectives, student learning outcomes, and learning
The WASC Steering Committee (WSC) is
responsible for managing the review process. The WSC members
are: co-chairs Penny Bamford and Stephanie Bangert, Scot Foster,
Donna Breger-Stanton, Cecily Cosby, Nandini Dasgupta, Vicki
Davis, John Garten-Shuman, Greg Gingras, Diane Hansen, Richard
MacIntyre, Terry Nordstrom, Barbara Ryken, Irma Walker-Adame,
Jamie Hirota, and Amy Anderson.
Download the Institutional
Proposal, submitted on May 15 and currently under review
by WASC peers and staff.
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