Bakersfield College accreditation reaffirmed; college to address recommendations

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - In a letter received from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Bakersfield College was officially notified that it has received a reaffirmation of accreditation for the next six years.
 
The letter also requests Bakersfield College address eight recommendations in a report before October 15, 2013. The report submission will be followed by a site visit by ACCJC representatives.
 
Following Bakersfield College’s submission of an institutional self evaluation last fall, the college was visited by a team of ACCJC representatives who were responsible for evaluating the college based on a set of standards for higher education. Last month, the members of the ACCJC met, reviewed the visiting team findings, and made the decision to reaffirm Bakersfield College’s accreditation. The decision was announced to Bakersfield College in a letter dated February 11.
 
“The accreditation process is a peer-review process which works remarkably well, and our campus community has taken this seriously as we engaged in our self-evaluation work. This effort is embedded in the daily life of Bakersfield College, and is an ongoing commitment, not a reaction every six years to the accreditation process,” said Dr. Sonya Christian, president of Bakersfield College. “This entire campus is to be congratulated. This is recognition of the hard work, diligence, and communication which have become an integral part of our daily operations.”
 
In its letter to the college, the commission issued eight recommendations which are to be addressed by Bakersfield College in a report by October 15, 2013:
 
1)    Develop and implement evaluation processes to assess effectiveness of the full range of planning processes
2)    Establish student learning outcomes for instructional/academic programs
3)    Include comments on how effectively adjunct faculty members produce student learning outcomes
4)    Evaluate effectiveness of professional development programs
5)    Human Resources should complete a program review
6)    Develop a long-range capital projects planning process that supports and is aligned with institutional improvement goals of the college
7)    Develop an assessment methodology to evaluate how well technology resources support institutional goals
8)    The college president should establish effective communication with communities served by college
 
Dr. Christian will be reassembling Bakersfield College’s accreditation task force to address the recommendations made by the ACCJC.
 
The commission’s letter to Bakersfield College, the evaluation team report, the college’s self evaluation, and other accreditation-related documents can be found online at accreditation.bakersfieldcollege.edu.
 
Accreditation is a voluntary process for the evaluation of colleges and universities used by the higher education community. It is a quality-assurance process through which institutions collectively set standards for good practice, conduct peer-based evaluations of institutions on a regular basis, confer accredited status on institutions, and make the results of accreditation review of institutions known to the public. All colleges must complete an accreditation self evaluation every six years that is submitted to the commission, which follows up with an accreditation team site visit to the college to determine whether accreditation will be maintained.

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