Accreditation 2020

General Information

West Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This organization is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation Status

West Valley College is working on its 2020 Institutional Self Evaluation Report. 

Calendar

Fall 2018

Task Due Date
Standard teams complete Draft One of the ISER December 7
1 week prior to end of term
ASC submits Draft One to Editor December 14
ASC assigns work to Editor as appropriate throughout the term Open

Spring 2019

Task Due Date
Draft One (Edited) is returned to Standard Teams January 24
1 day prior to Flex Day
ASC video conference with Editor. Broad overview of common issues, notes, areas of concern, emerging themes, etc. TBD
ASC electronically releases Draft One (Public) of the ISER to the college community for review and mid-term responses February-March
Week 4-6
Standard teams complete Draft Two May 3
ASC submits Draft Two to Editor May 6
ASC assigns work to Editor as appropriate throughout the term Open

Summer 2019

Task Due Date
Draft Two (Edited) is returned to Standard Teams May 27
ALO / ASC identifies sections needing improvement. Editor works with ASC to produce Draft Two (Public) June 10
ASC electronically releases Draft Two (Public) of the ISER to the college community for review July 1
College Leadership completes full review and edit of Draft Two (Public) July TBD
ASC submits Draft Three to Editor July 29
ASC assigns work to Editor as appropriate throughout the term Open

Fall 2019

Task Due Date
Draft Three (Edited) is returned to Standard Teams August 22
1 day prior to Flex Day
ASC electronically releases Draft Three (Public) of the ISER to the college community for review September-October
Week 4-6
ALO drafts QFE September-November
ASC and Editor complete QFE and Final ISER December 2
ALO submits ISER to ACCJC December 9
ASC assigns work to Editor as appropriate throughout the term Open

Spring 2020

Task Due Date
ALO sends letter to the ACCJC with updates on significant developments that have occured since the publication of the ISER TBD

Membership

Accreditation Steering Committee

  • Doonu Barife
  • Jasmine Colon
  • Chris Dyer
  • Gretchen Ehlers
  • Pat Fenton
  • Max Gault
  • John Hannigan
  • Hideo Ikeda
  • Stephanie Kashima
  • Ana Lobato
  • Jose Martinez
  • LeAnn McGinley
  • Sonia McVey
  • Cheryl Miller
  • Donna Nguyen
  • Daniel Niemann
  • Leslie Pollock
  • Matais Pouncil
  • Betsy Sandford
  • Meghan Vaughn
  • Mel Vaughn

Standard Writing Teams

Standard I: Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, and Integrity

Lead: Matais Pouncil

Standard I.A: Mission

  • Donna Breckenridge
  • Jasmine Colon
  • Sonia McVey

Standard I.B: Assuring Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness Academic Quality

  • Gretchen Ehlers
  • Ray Gamba
  • John Hannigan
  • LeAnn McGinley

Standard I.C: Institutional Integrity

  • Chris Dyer
  • Max Gault
  • Ana Lobato
  • Leslie Pollock

Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Support Services

Lead: Stephanie Kashima

Standard II.A: Instructional Programs

  • Angelica Bangle
  • Laura Hyatt
  • Faun Maddox
  • Tanya Southworth

Standard II.B: Library and Learning Support Services

  • Betsy Sandford
  • Rachel Sandoval
  • Meghan Vaughn

Standard II.C: Student Support Services

  • Maritza Cantarero
  • Elise Johnson
  • Scott Ludwig
  • Aleksandra Martin
  • Angela Sias

Standard III: Resources

Lead: Pat Fenton

Standard III.A: Human Resources

  • Renee Paquier
  • John Vlahos

Standard III.B: Physical Resources

  • Heidi Davis
  • Pat Fenton

Standard III.C: Technology Resources

  • Pat Fenton
  • Daniel Niemann
  • Donna Nguyen

Standard III.D: Financial Resources

  • Pat Fenton
  • Renee Paquier

Standard IV: Leadership and Governance

Lead: Brad Weisberg

Standard IV.A: Decision-Making Roles and Processes

  • Lance Shoemaker

Standard IV.B: Chief Executive Officer

  • Brad Weisberg

Standard IV.C: Governing Board

  • Daniel Le Guen-Schmidt
  • Brenda Rogers

Standard IV.D: Multi-College Districts or Systems

  • Ngoc Chim

Reader: Pat Andrews

Standards

Standard I: Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, and Integrity

The institution demonstrates strong commitment to a mission that emphasizes student learning and student achievement. Using analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, the institution continuously and systematically evaluates, plans, implements, and improves the quality of its educational programs and services. The institution demonstrates integrity in all policies, actions, and communication. The administration, faculty, staff, and governing board members act honestly, ethically, and fairly in the performance of their duties.

Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Support Services

The institution offers instructional programs, library and learning support services, and student support services aligned with its mission. The institution’s programs are conducted at levels of quality and rigor appropriate for higher education. The institution assesses its educational quality through methods accepted in higher education, makes the results of its assessments available to the public, and uses the results to improve educational quality and institutional effectiveness. The institution defines and incorporates into all of its degree programs a substantial component of general education designed to ensure breadth of knowledge and to promote intellectual inquiry. The provisions of this standard are broadly applicable to all instructional programs and student and learning support services offered in the name of the institution.

Standard III: Resources

The institution effectively uses its human, physical, technology, and financial resources to achieve its mission and to improve academic quality and institutional effectiveness. Accredited colleges in multi-college systems may be organized so that responsibility for resources, allocation of resources, and planning rests with the district/system. In such cases, the district/system is responsible for meeting the Standards, and an evaluation of its performance is reflected in the accredited status of the institution(s).

Standard IV: Leadership and Governance

The institution recognizes and uses the contributions of leadership throughout the organization for promoting student success, sustaining academic quality, integrity, fiscal stability, and continuous improvement of the institution. Governance roles are defined in policy and are designed to facilitate decisions that support student learning programs and services and improve institutional effectiveness, while acknowledging the designated responsibilities of the governing board and the chief executive officer. Through established governance structures, processes, and practices, the governing board, administrators, faculty, staff, and students work together for the good of the institution. In multi-college districts or systems, the roles within the district/system are clearly delineated. The multi-college district or system has policies for allocation of resources to adequately support and sustain the colleges.

Resources

Standard I: Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, and Integrity

Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Support Services

Standard III: Resources

Standard IV: Leadership and Governance

Accreditation 2014

West Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This organization is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation Status

Accreditation Process

West Valley College maintains its accreditation by fulfilling criteria that are determined by the ACCJC. Throughout the continuous six-year review cycle, the college conducts and publishes several review instruments, including an annual report, annual fiscal report, midterm report, comprehensive institutional self-study, and an evaluation review by a team of peers.

The college has submitted the 2014 Institutional Self Study Report (dated March 15, 2014) to ACCJC. The assigned Accreditation Visiting Team members conducted their site visit the week of March 16-20, 2014.

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204
Novato, CA 94949
Telephone: (415) 506-0234
Fax: (415) 506-0238
Email: accjc@accjc.org

last published: 12/11/18