(Wordle of the top 200 terms in the 2002 ACCJC Standards of Accreditation. Click on the image for a larger version or go to http://picasaweb.google.com/Toddartest/AccreditationWordles# to view additional Wordles created from the standards)
The Follow-Up Report (TFR) was created by Todd V. Titterud to share information with friends and colleagues in ACCJC accredited colleges. This site was originally created as a follow-up on the implementation of the 2002 Standards and the strengthened enforcement of the two-year rule. It was created as a resource to help colleagues understand current trends in Commission actions and to succeed in their own efforts to achieve continuous institutional learning and improvement. TFR presentations and publications are posted on a companion site, The Follow-Up Report Press, which will also post overviews of updates to this site and overviews/reviews of related online materials and resources.
Historically, many colleges in the ACCJC region seem to have taken the reaffirmation of their accreditation for granted—paying little attention to Commission activities or the Standards except when preparing Self-Studies or Midterm Reports. This can easily be seen by reviewing college websites and observing how pages created in anticipation of or in response to team visits are commonly not updated once reaffirmation is received. Changes instituted in response to Self-Studies, Commission Recommendations and “new” Standards were not maintained. Commitments to the Commission were allowed to wither away over time in the face of more immediate concerns, budget constraints, or changes in administration and staff. Internal conflicts between boards, administrators, faculty and/or staff have created dysfunctional institutions even when classroom performance has remained commendable.
Consequently, college communities who are confident in the quality of their institutions have been surprised to find themselves placed on Warning, Probation, or even Show Cause. Given the content of the Standards, Eligibility Requirements, Commission communications, and the materials posted online by other colleges in the region, there is now little justification for surprise or indignation in the future. As educators we should expect to get a lower grade for late work; work which was incomplete, unprepared, poorly organized, or off topic; or for conclusions which are not justified or supported by sufficient and appropriate evidence.
The website currently includes the following pages:
· Almost half of all ACCJC colleges (61 schools) have been sanctioned (placed on Warning, Probation, or Show Cause) at least once in the past six years
· See the long term trend and changes in school accreditation status and Commission actions since January 2003
· Access the accreditation pages of college websites
· See commission actions for each college in the region since 2003
· Read past Action, Warning, Probation and Show Cause letters from the Commission
· Access college Self-Studies, Midterm Reports, Progress Reports, Follow-Up Reports, and Show Cause Reports posted online
· Access the reports of Commission visitation teams posted on college websites
· See which Standards were cited in the Commission recommendations for colleges placed on a sanction
· See the key words and phrases used in Commission recommendations for sanctioned colleges
· Overview of college-level mission and outcomes requirements of the 2002 Standards and 2004 Eligibility Requirements
· Access college vision, mission, values, and philosophy statements
· Access general education statements and outcomes
· Access institutional-level Student Learning Outcomes
· View flowcharts of integrated planning and assessment under the ACCJC standards
· Access college research, planning, and assessment web pages
· Access college publications and training materials on research, planning, program review, and student learning outcomes
· Tips, guides and mnemonic acronyms created by colleges across the country to help them create better Student Learning Outcome statements
· Common and variant definitions of hundreds of terms prevalent in the fields of assessment, evaluation, research design, statistical analysis and testing
· Presentations, Guides, Forms, and other materials created for The Follow-Up Report which are available for online viewing and download through The Follow-Up Report Press.
· Links to additional online resources regarding accreditation, institutional effectiveness, research, planning, student learning outcomes, program review, and assessment.
· Please send comments or suggestions regarding the content of the website
· Comments received are currently only accessible through Google Docs