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Accreditation Report Updates

Self Study
The draft of the MSJC Self Study Evaluation Report is now available for review and input from the MSJC Community (faculty, staff, administrators and students). We are using a “new” technology, called a Wiki, to share and allow feedback and discussion from the various college constituents on the second draft of the Mt. San Jacinto College Self Study Evaluation Report.

The purpose of this Wiki is to create a space where the MSJC Self Study Evaluation Report draft can be discussed and "tweaked" as needed. In order to use this Wiki simply click on the following link and then click on one of the Accreditation Standard links on the left-hand ribbon.  Once you are in the Standard and you review areas that should be enhanced or revised/changed, use the "Discussion" link on the left. Each topic title represents a discussion about a Standard. If an item you are looking at is not listed then please start a new discussion with the topic you want to discuss as the title. At this point in time, please do not make suggestions regarding editing or formatting, we are looking for a CONTENT REVIEW.
The Wiki will be open and available for discussion until Friday, April 8, 2011 wherein we will begin the final draft of the report.
That’s it... happy reading!

Should you have any questions regarding the MSJC Self Study Evaluation Report Wiki draft please contact Rebecca Teague, Accreditation Liaison Officer. Or use the email links within each standard to pose suggestions/comments/questions to the Standard Committee Chair Members.
Follow Up Report
Good news, Mt. San Jacinto College received notification from the ACCJC that the college is now in full compliance with Recommendation (#2) which focused on the following four areas:
The team recommends that the College develop policies, procedures, and regular practices to ensure that:
o   2.1 the various programs and services of the College engage in regular assessment of institutional effectiveness, including program review;
o   2.2 the College set priorities for implementing plans for improvement that are based in analysis of research data;
o   2.3 the College incorporate established priorities into the governance, decision making, and resource distribution processes;
o   2.4 the College develop and employ a methodology for assessing overall institutional effectiveness and progress toward meeting goals expressed through plans for improvements; and that the College report regularly to internal constituencies and the Board on this progress.
(Standards I.B., II A. 1. and 2., II.B.3.a., II B. 4., II.C.1.e. and II.C.2.; III.A.6., III.B.2.b., III.C.1. and 2., III.D.1.a., IV.A.1, 2, 3, B.2.b., and the Preamble to the Standards.)
The Evaluation Team Report (from October 2010) gave Mt. San Jacinto College a COMMENDATION for its valiant efforts in resolving the issues present within the recommendation. The Commendation states:
The entire college, students, faculty, staff, leadership, and Board of Trustees are to be commended for a most improved and effective integrated institutional systemic planning environment and a culture of collaboration, enthusiasm and optimism.
To view the letter from the ACCJC and the full Evaluation Team Report from October 2010, please view the following links:
Although the college has met this particular recommendation, the ACCJC fully expects that at the time of the next comprehensive review visit scheduled for October 17-20, 2011, the college demonstrates  the sustainability of its efforts (specifically in program review and planning) as documented in the follow-up report and verified by the evaluation team. To view the rubric utilized by the ACCJC to determine the level of Sustainable Continuous Quality Improvement, please see the following link:
Substantive Change
The Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) expects accredited institutions to undertake change responsibly and to continue to meet the eligibility requirements, accreditation standards and Commission policies even as they make changes. To provide assurance of institutional quality to the public and to maintain Title IV financial aid funds for students of the institution, a Substantive Change Proposal must be reviewed and acted upon by the Commission’s Committee on Substantive Change, or the Commission as a whole.
A substantive change is a change which alters: the mission, scope, or name of the institution; the nature of the constituency served; the location or geographical area served; the control of the institution; the content of courses or programs to an extent which represents a significant departure from current curricula or the mode of delivery of a program so that the courses constitute 50% and/or more of a program and/or are offered at a distance or through electronic delivery; or the credit awarded to courses or programs.
Since 2005, Mt. San Jacinto College has experienced tremendous growth and as a result, the institution has developed new programs/certificates and degrees to meet the growing demands of our region, local industry needs, and constituents; we have created new off-campus sites to provide better access to higher education opportunities; and expanded our offerings in distance education.
In accordance with the ACCJC’s Substantive Change Policy, Mt. San Jacinto College submitted three Substantive Change Proposal Approval Requests in March 2011 that focused on the following changes in:
1)      Location or geographical area served by MSJC — to account for the Temecula Education Complex which offers at least 50% of an educational program
2)      Addition of courses that constitute 50% or more of a program offered through a mode of distance education or electronic delivery
3)      Addition of a new degree or vocational certificate program that represents a significant departure from an institution’s current programs
The three Substantive Change Proposals are available for review on the Institutional Effectiveness website. Please see the link below to view the three proposals that were finalized through collaboration with the administration and faculty and were approved by the Board of Trustees in March 2011.