WHO: Gavilan College President Steve Kinsella
WHAT: Has been appointed to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
In a letter to Dr. Kinsella, Barbara Beno, Ph.D. stated: "I believe that you will find this experience to be among the most challenging and satisfying activities in your professional life. Together with your colleagues, you will have the opportunity to consider issues of fundamental importance to individual institutions and to the entire higher education community."
There are nineteen members on the commission, appointed for staggered three-year terms. One member represents the State of California, Community College Chancellor's office, one represents the community college system of Hawaii, one represents independent institutions, one represents institutions in the Western Pacific, one represents the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, 5 members represent faculty, 5 represent the public interest, and three represent administrators. Kinsella's appointment is as an administrator.
Commissioners are selected on the basis of a letter of application, a completed ACCJC data/biographical form, and a resume or letter of recommendation.
WHEN / WHERE: The term of appointment is July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2013, with eligibility to apply for a second three year term. The commission meets twice per year in January and June, usually in San Francisco, and holds an annual workshop.
WHY: According to the ACCJC website (http://www.accjc.org/) accreditation is a status granted to an educational institution that has been found to meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality. Institutions voluntarily seek accreditation, and it is conferred by non-governmental bodies which assure the quality of institutions and encourage institutional improvement.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accredits associate degree granting institutions in California, Hawaii, the Territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. ACCJC is one of three commissions under the corporate entity known as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The ACCJC is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable agency of accreditation and must go through a periodic review process. ACCJC is also recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a non-profit organization of colleges and universities, which recognizes, coordinates, and periodically reviews the work of its member accrediting bodies and the appropriateness of existing or proposed accrediting bodies and their activities.