Board Highlights August 2011

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees adopted the college’s 2011 Self Study Report, required every six years for accreditation, during its regular meeting on Aug. 11, 2011.

The Self Study is the first step an institution affiliated with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges must take in the accreditation process. The Self Study is the result of a rigorous review in which the college appraises itself in terms of the Commission Standards. The four standards are: Institutional Mission and Effectiveness; Student Learning Programs and Services; Resources; and Leadership and Governance.

MSJC faculty, students, classified staff and administrators actively participated in creating this comprehensive Self Study since 2009. A team from the ACCJC will visit MSJC the week of Oct. 17-20 for accreditation.

MSJC’s last site visit from the ACCJC was in 2005 and the college’s accreditation was reaffirmed shortly after that visit. Accreditation provides the public, students, employers or profession-related licensing agencies with assurance that an institution meets the official standards; that the education earned is of value to the students; and that other colleges and universities can accept a student’s credentials as legitimate.

The MSJC 2011 Self Study is on the college’s web site at and can be located by clicking on the Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation icon.

In other MSJC Board business:

  1. The MSJC Board of Trustees received the final draft of the Strategic Plan to review before it will be asked to adopt the plan in September.

    The Strategic Plan is a three-year plan designed to:

    • Align the activities of the college with the Institutional Priorities
    • Improve communication internally and externally to the entire college community
    • Expand community awareness and understanding of MSJC activities
    • Become more data informed in the decision making processes
    • Strengthen commitment to the college's integrated planning efforts

    MSJC’s Institutional Priorities are:

    • Student Success
    • Fiscally Sound Position
    • Systematic Planning and Assessment
    • Institutional Pride and Organizational Culture
    • Community Partnerships and Service
    The Strategic Plan was developed through the Shared Governance process, which means it involved teams representing all sectors of the college community, including students and community members. It can be viewed on the college’s web site by clicking on the Institutional Effectiveness & Accreditation icon.
  2. Superintendent/President Roger Schultz highlighted the achievements the District has made to satisfy the 2010-11 Institutional Priorities. Those highlights included a 10 percent increase in the number of awards granted over the previous year; overall higher GPAs; dual enrollment programs; improvements on campus buildings; fiscal stability and more.
  3. Vice President of Business Services Becky Elam provided the Board with a brief update on the State budget. She recommended that the district maintain its adopted budget until the state’s revenues are validated in December. If the state does not impose further cuts to community colleges, the district will modify its budget to lift the pay step freeze, retroactively to July 1. If the state imposes mid-range cuts, then the district will proceed with its current adopted budget. If the state imposes deeper cuts, the district will consider additional budget reductions.

Closed session:

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a Settlement Agreement and Mutual General Release between Mt. San Jacinto Community College District, Arrowhead Mechanical Inc., Hammell, Green and Abrahamson, Insurance Company Of The West Broad USA, Inc.

The action was the conclusion of a mediated settlement process between the parties and will result in the replacement of a faulty heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with fully functioning HVAC systems for the Menifee Valley campus Learning Resource Center.