As the semester draws to a close, I want to provide an update on accreditation activities that have occurred during the fall and to indicate significant accreditation activities and timelines that you need to be aware of for spring.
Based on feedback received on the first draft submitted last spring and on additional research conducted this fall, Standards Committees have focused on writing the second draft of the 2013 Institutional Self Evaluation Report this semester. The drafts from each committee, due December 6, will be compiled and posted in mid-January so that the entire second draft of the Report is ready for campus-wide review and comment when the spring 2013 semester begins. Laura Demsetz and I, as the 2013 Institutional Self Evaluation Co-chairs, extend a huge thank-you to all the Standards Committees' members who have worked diligently and thoughtfully throughout the fall. Their task has been immense, and we express our appreciation on behalf of the entire college community.
For detailed information about the 2013 Institutional Self Evaluation, go to the website: collegeofsanmateo.edu/selfevaluation. You can also access this website through the college's A-Z index by looking under Accreditation: 2013 Institutional Self Evaluation.
Another significant and critical accreditation report was submitted this fall. In October, David Locke, SLO Coordinator, completed the College Status Report on Student Learning Outcomes Implementation, required by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). To read this report, go to the Accreditation Oversight Committee's website: collegeofsanmateo.edu/accredinfo. ACCJC will provide feedback on CSM's SLO implementation status early next year. I commend David for his outstanding efforts as SLO Coordinator, and I thank the College Assessment Committee's members for their work in ensuring that CSM's assessment of SLOs genuinely impacts student success.
During the upcoming spring semester, Daniel Keller, the editor of the 2013 Institutional Self Evaluation Report, and Ed Seubert, the graphic designer for the Report, will prepare the third draft of the 2013 Institutional Self Evaluation Report, which will include Standards Committees' revisions based on feedback on the second draft. There will be an all-college meeting late in the spring semester to provide an opportunity for the college community to give final input into the 2013 Institutional Self Evaluation Report.
Because CSM's accreditation site visit will be next fall, I encourage you to visit both websites mentioned above. As members of the college community, you should be well acquainted with the institutional self evaluation process and the content of the 2013 Institutional Self Evaluation Report before the site visit in October.
Please feel free to contact Laura Demsetz and me if you have questions about the accreditation process or the 2013 Institutional Self Evaluation Report.
College of San Mateo Accreditation Liaison Officer
Susan Estes, Ph.D.
Vice President, Instruction
College of San Mateo
1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402