AP 3200 Accreditation - Administrative Procedures, Chapter 3 General Institution

  • References: Accreditation Eligibility Requirement 21; Accreditation Standard IV.B.1.i

I. Overview

Ohlone College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Junior and Community Colleges (ACCJC), under the auspices of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  ACCJC offices are located at 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949; Telephone: 415.506.0234; Fax: 415.506.0238; Email: accjc@accjc.org.

ACCJC describes the nature and purpose of accreditation as follows:

Accreditation as a system of voluntary, non-governmental self-regulation and peer review is unique to American educational institutions. It is a system by which an institution evaluates itself in accordance with standards of good practice regarding goals and objectives; the appropriateness, sufficiency, and utilization of resources; the usefulness, integrity, and effectiveness of its processes; and the extent to which it is achieving its intended outcomes.  It is a process by which accreditors provide students, the public, and each other with assurances of institutional integrity, quality, and effectiveness. Accreditation is intended to encourage institutions to plan for institutional improvement in quality and effectiveness.

Under processes established by ACCJC, Ohlone undergoes a cycle of periodic evaluation through institutional self-evaluation and external peer review.  The heart of this cycle is conducting a comprehensive and rigorous Self-Evaluation, during which the College appraises itself within the following framework of Eligibility Requirements, Commission Policies and Accreditation Standards:

Eligibility Requirements for Accreditation as established by ACCJC
Commission Polices as established by ACCJC
Accreditation Standards:

  • Standard I: Institutional Mission/Effectiveness
    1. Mission;
    2. Improving Institutional Effectiveness
  • Standard II: Student Learning Programs/Services
    1. Instructional Programs;
    2. Student Support Services;
    3. Library/Learning Support
  • Standard III. Resources
    1. Human;
    2. Physical;
    3. Technology;
    4. Financial
  • Standard IV. Leadership and Governance      
    1. Decision-Making Roles/Processes;
    2. Board/Administrative Organization

ACCJC sets a six-year cycle for evaluation and Reaffirmation of Accreditation.  The review process includes four steps: internal evaluation (i.e., institutional Self-Evaluation), external evaluation, Commission review and accreditation action, and continuous institutional improvement.  The accreditation process starts with an institutional Self-Evaluation described above.  The outcome of the institutional Self-Evaluation process is a written Self-Evaluation Report, which is submitted to the ACCJC.

The nineteen-member ACCJC then determines whether to reaffirm accreditation or impose sanctions.

ACCJC requires that the institution submit a Midterm Report in the third year after the external evaluation visit to report on the progress made to resolve the deficiencies expressed in the recommendations included in the External Evaluation Report.  Other reports may be required, including follow-up visits if needed. 

The college’s Accreditation Liaison Officer, working with the College President, ensures that the Self-Evaluation process and all related reports are completed in a thorough and timely manner.

II. Self-Evaluation Process

The Accreditation Steering Committee, in consultation with the Accreditation Liaison Officer, will establish a Self-Evaluation writing process and timeline that will include a broad representation of the college faculty, staff, and students.

Faculty Senate approved: May 15, 2013
Adopted: October 2013