This three-day conference will bring together some of today’s most prominent visionaries and thought leaders. Here’s what you can expect to experience at the 2017 ACCJC Conference:

Learning Formats – Join us for our plenary speaker sessions, break-out and focus sessions, workshops, and trainings.

Exhibitor Areas – Meet new associates who can help your institution reach new heights!

Networking Functions – What better way to connect with your colleagues than during a social hour and in the hallways between sessions?

Conference Agenda


Please check back frequently for program updates.
Schedule subject to change.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:30 am - 5:00 pmPre-Conference Workshop Check-In / Registration Desk Open
9:00 am - 10:15am
Learn how to create a really great rubric by drafting one with your workshop colleagues. We’ll work through the steps to developing an analytical rubric, including identifying the rubric’s purpose, articulating the learning outcome being assessed, explicating the outcome into traits, defining performance levels including the minimally adequate standard, creating descriptions of each trait at each performance level, developing or reviewing the learning activity being assessed, and testing and revising the rubric.
For Accreditation Liaison Officers who are new to their positions and who have not previously attended an orientation session.
For institutional members who wish to serve as a peer reviewer on a site team, this workshop will provide essential training for the role. Persons who have completed this training will be given priority consideration when team member selections are made.
10:15am - 10:30amBreak
10:30am - 12:00pmNew Evaluator Training ContinuesNew ALO Workshop Continues
Assessment Level 2 Workshop Continues
12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch
1:00pm - 2:30pm
For ALOs in all categories, this workshop will address the broad roles and expectations for the office, changing expectations, advice from experienced ALOs, and opportunities for ALOs to provide critical feedback to Commission staff on emerging issues.
New Evaluator Training ContinuesAssessment Level 2 Workshop Continues
2:30pm - 2:45pmBreak
2:45pm - 4:30pmNew Evaluator Training ContinuesAssessment Level 2 Workshop Continues
New and Continuing ALO Half Day Workshop Continues
5:00pm - 6:00pmNetworking Event / Reception for Accreditation Liaison Officers
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
7:00am - 6:00pmConference Check-In / Registration Desk Open
8:00am - 9:00amContinental Breakfast
9:00am - 12:00pmPre-Conference Workshops
Please note: these workshops are open to conference attendees only.
For institutions that are within approximately 18 months of their site visit, this workshop will provide guidance on issues that are emerging for the institution, on clarifying expectations for Standards that have been unclear or problematic in documenting, and on hosting a successful site visit. A break-out session for colleges that are part of a system or district is being planned.
In this workshop, Bill McGinnis will orient trustees and CEOs to their roles in relation to meeting ACCJC Standards and conducting comprehensive reviews.
Topics include:
The ALO as Change Agent
Making Accreditation President-Proof: The CEO and ALO as Accreditation Champions
Open Mic: Remaining Issues
12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch on Own
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dr. Judith S. Eaton is president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the largest institutional higher education membership organization in the United States. A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities. Her keynote presentation, “The Federal Context for Accreditation,” will explore what is happening with accreditation as the new Congress and new Administration establish themselves. Are the past few years of increasing federal oversight of our work continuing, or are we seeing a change in direction?
2:00pm - 2:45pm
Leadership transitions are a time of change. The ACCJC Commission, at its March Commission Development Workshop, will have engaged in analyzing and setting new directions for our mission, strategic priorities, key relationships, institutional review protocols, staff roles, and building lasting partnerships with our member institutions. As many of these matters will be of great interest to our members, this will be an important opportunity for Interim President Richard Winn to report on these new directions and respond to your questions.
2:45pm - 3:15pmBreak
3:15pm - 4:15pm
Concurrent Break-out Sessions
Presented by Megan Corry and Robert Gabriner, this study explores how an institution as vast and influential as City College of San Francisco (CCSF) could find itself on the brink of closure following ACCJC sanctions and a takeover by the state Chancellor’s office. Based upon interviews with more than 20 people at CCSF and extensive archival research, this study uses an historical narrative to tell the story of why this crisis happened.
Presented by Laura Hope, David Karp, and Jim Fillpot. This session focuses on the strategies the Accreditation Oversight Committee used to prepare for the 2016 Accreditation visit beginning in 2012, including structuring data collection and ongoing dialogue in order to craft a meaningful Quality Focus Essay. Work continues after the visit using various approaches to stay prepared with documentation and institutional efforts to address the Standards and the college's goals.
Dr. Christopher Sessums will present this mini-workshop in which participants are invited to actively explore ways to use learning analytics (i.e., course, student, and program data) to inform decisions at the learning, instructional, and administrative levels.
Presented by Dena Martin and Jolene Torres. Information literacy, reading, writing, and learning strategies: many students need instruction in these areas. In lieu of spending class time, learn how the ASWS – a joint effort of the library and tutoring services at Woodland Community College – offers information literacy, reading, and writing strategies that benefit students across the curriculum.
4:15pm - 4:30pmSession Changeover
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Concurrent Break-out Sessions
Presented by Teresa Brown, Judy Haggerty, and Brett Hasty. Trustees who have served on accreditation visiting teams can offer valuable insight to Board members whose colleges have an upcoming campus visit. This can include reading the ISER carefully before submission to assure the Board's activities are adequately presented with sufficient supporting evidence and preparing for the actual campus visit.
Presented by Kay Nguyen. This session focuses on strategies to maintain institutional sanity when preparing an ISER by using SharePoint and ACCJC’s Guide to Evaluating & Improving Institutions. The session will include a demo of the workflow process in SharePoint that fosters collaboration and continuous feedback.
Presented by Pamela Walker, Meridith Randall, and Mary Kay Rudolph. The Chancellor’s Office and CCCCIO will offer a symposium on the role of the Accreditation Liaison Officer on campus, focusing on preparation for accreditation visits as a constant/cyclical project. The presentation will feature best practices from both single- and multi-college districts; examples of integrating accreditation expectations into daily practice; and guidelines about preparation for an accreditation team visit.
Presented by Craig Rutan, Vernon Martin, and Christy Magnani. How could you plan a vacation without knowing where you want to go? How do we teach without knowing what we want students to learn? Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) can feel like an odd part of higher education, yet are central in connecting teaching and learning. Please join us for an interactive presentation to learn how to improve student learning by designing SLOs to be clear, measurable, and meaningful.
5:30pm - 6:00pmACCJC Operations Report and Executive Search Report
6:00pm - 7:00pmOpening Cocktail Reception
Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:00am - 6:00pmConference Check-In / Registration Desk Open
7:30am - 8:30amContinental Breakfast
8:30am - 9:30am
Concurrent Break-out Sessions
Presented by Michael Poindexter, Marybeth Buechner, and Evelyn Waiwaiole. Student engagement measures can provide powerful evidence of institutional effectiveness. This session will describe how Sacramento City College initiated extensive mapping of the items on the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) to ACCJC accreditation standards, especially how they utilized the data for the accreditation process.
In this presentation, Elena Reigadas and Kristi Blackburn will demonstrate a large scale institutional assessment for the learning outcome personal growth and development that used the nationally validated instrument SDTLA. The assessment included GE and CTE program courses. The assessment process and results will be discussed within the specific Harbor College institutional framework.
Pathways as a Framework for Planning, Innovation, and Increasing Student Success, presented by Wendy McEwen, Susan Mills, Allison Douglas-Chicoye, Myung Koh, Kathleen Sell, and Kristi Woods. Riverside City College is using Pathways as a framework for equity-minded, team-based innovative practices. This presentation will share how RCC has restructured the College to encourage planning, discussion, and equity-minded pedagogy focused on increasing student success. The session will also encourage participants to share their experiences, recommendations, and best practices.


Integrating the Learning Experience: Pathways to Sustainable Peace, presented by Elizabeth Keith. The learning outcome of this multi-disciplinary learning project was to demonstrate students’ understanding of U.S.-Japan relations, then and now, from various perspectives. The historic commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, provided a platform for Hawaii Tokai International College to successfully partner with the U.S. Park Service and reaffirm the importance of peaceful bilateral partnerships.
Presented by Craig Rutan and Randy Beach. The addition of disaggregation of student learning outcomes (SLO) assessments to Standard I.B.6 has left many colleges wondering how to meet accreditation requirements without having to create new data collection challenges. What types of subgroup information would be most helpful in improving instruction? Please join us for a discussion about the evolving world of SLO assessment data and how different types of disaggregation can improve your college.
9:30am - 9:45amSession Changeover
9:45am - 10:45am
Concurrent Break-out Sessions
Presented by Pamela Mery and Craig Kleinman. What can be learned by disaggregating SLOs? Sharing successful approaches to SLO disaggregation will provide attendees with a sense of the feasibility and utility of powerful new tools for exploring equity, distance learning, and other course modalities. Come participate in a dialogue and share your questions and ideas for taking SLO assessment to the next level.
Presented by Kristin Charles, Susan Lamb, Lillian Marrujo-Duck, and Mandy Liang. Responding to needed clarification in governance processes, City College of San Francisco’s Chancellor, Academic Senate President, and Accreditation Liaison Officer collaboratively defined decision-making pathways. Simultaneously codifying and evaluating existing pathways, this process incorporated improvements, clarified constituent roles, defined the interface between participatory and collegial governance, and met new accreditation standards.
Presented by Annette Dambrosio. There has been a great hue and cry over the legitimacy of college accreditation in general and the ACCJC in particular. The overall dissenting voice holds that educators don't need the oversight of a regulatory agency (ACCJC) in that California Community Colleges do "just fine" on their own and resent the Commission telling them what to do. My aim is to argue that the skeptics must and can be shown that an outside agency is needed in education and that our "prima donna" complex must be cured.
Presented by Edward Pai and Joachin Arias. Harbor's Assessment-based Planning System (HAPS) uses a “general systems theory” approach to organizing and integrating the college’s assessment and planning processes. In this presentation, we describe our systems model, identify the component elements of our assessment processes and demonstrate how these elements are integrated into the college’s planning process to assess the achievement of the college mission.
10:45am - 11:15amBreak
11:15am - 12:00pm
Concurrent Break-out Sessions
Presented by Aeron Zentner and Danny Pittaway. Through a review of accreditation literature on methods and processes on preparation strategies blended with observation and interviews of different institutions, we are providing a snapshot of effective approaches to assess a college's structure and support best practices around accreditation. We will also discuss other strategies to support a community of best practices to motivate meaningful assessment and support of continuous positive improvement.
Presented by Marina Aminy. The current accreditation process places an extraordinary emphasis on Distance Education (DE) standards, compliance and planning. Saddleback College, while strong in online education, lacked a strong DE plan for the college. As such, the college accreditation team, faculty, and administration determined that creating the DE plan would be the basis of the Quality Focus Essay to address the needs of the college related to professional development, student support, and institutional practices.
Presented by Craig Hayward and Lisa Wang. What can be learned by disaggregating SLOs? Irvine Valley College’s English department has been working with their research department to record student unit record SLO data since 2012. This data brings new insights such as how performance on freshman composition SLOs vary (or don’t) depending on how students arrive at transfer-level (e.g., via placement, traditional remediation, or accelerated remediation). Also, learn about requirements for disaggregating SLOs in general and in TracDat.
Presented by Angelina Hill and Rianne Connor. This session will go beyond learning outcome attainment in the classroom. We will focus on (1) improvements that College of the Redwoods has made developing and assessing student services learning outcomes, and (2) the development and implementation of meaningful assessment of Institutional Learning Outcomes.
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Eloy Oakley, Chancellor for the California Community Colleges, will present "Opportunities and Challenges of Our Community Colleges."
1:45pm - 2:45pm
Concurrent Break-out Sessions
Presented by Keith Wurtz and Ben Gamboa. In its 2014 ACCJC self-evaluation, Crafton Hills College received a commendation in research for an “innovative and thorough approach to data collection and dissemination.” Participants will explore how Crafton’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning uses white papers, electronic dashboards, reports, and real-time data to inform continuous quality improvement.
 Presented by Jan Lubin and Frank Palacat. How do you create an authentic culture of evidence for which improvement is the central tenet? How do you ensure that assessment adds value to student learning and also serves as a primary factor in institutional planning? This session will address issues related to going beyond a compliance mentality and engaging faculty in assessment that promotes more effective planning.
Marnie Glazier and Nancy Schur-Beymer will address recent efforts at Hartnell, creating opportunities for student learning/development through Nursing Theatre collaboratives. A series of partnerships and classroom activities has helped foster empathy, understanding, and awareness, bridging the campus and greater community and inspiring engaged citizenship. These activities, from writing/reflection, to forum theatre, to patient simulation, show the intrinsic value of integrated learning and college-wide collaboration.
Participants will watch and discuss the film Think of Calvin, which follows Calvin Davis and his 15-year old son through a Friday evening in Southwest Washington, D.C., which escalates from a family gathering to a night in jail for a father with no prior record. The film examines racial profiling and America as the world’s most prolific jailer. For more information and to watch the trailer, visit:
2:45pm - 3:00pmSession Changeover
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Concurrent Break-out Sessions
Presented by Deborah Wulff and Kevin Bontenbal. Learn and discuss how institutions can be more effective and efficient in integrating accreditation work into regular ongoing institutional operations and structures, instead of waiting until the next comprehensive evaluation report is due.
 Presented by R. Gary Hartz, Marlena Montague, Christopher Dennis, and Rick Tyquiengco. Recognized for its commitment to Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), Guam Community College (GCC) is currently embarked on a Transformation Initiative, enhancing GCC’s vision of 100% student-centered success. This presentation illustrates how we are pulling together for institutional success via the Transformation Initiative, to include meaningful take-aways for other community colleges.
Gregory Ramirez and Kari Johnson will address how their collaboration on various reading events in the campus library throughout the academic year promote student success. Additionally, the speakers will provide brainstorming activities to encourage attendees to implement such events at their campuses.
Presented by Hayley Ashby, Denise Kruizenga-Muro, Scott Hernandez, Clara Lowden, Sharon Alexander, Marc Sanchez, and Wendy McEwen. During this interactive session, RCC’s Program Assessment Workgroup will describe the strategic planning process they used to form a cross-divisional team to address key strategic issues related to program learning outcomes assessment. Attendees will be invited to engage in planning activities that can be easily replicated at their own institutions.
4:00pm - 4:30pmBreak
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Dr. Paul Gaston, author of Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing, Why it Must, will present his research related to community college accreditation and then lead an interactive session, anticipating audience engagement.
Friday, April 7, 2017
7:30am - 11:00amConference Check-In / Registration Desk Open
8:00am - 9:00amContinental Breakfast
9:00am - 10:00am
Concurrent Break-out Sessions and Workshops
Amy Driscoll's previous ACCJC workshops have been highly acclaimed. This workshop will explore how faculty, administration, staff, and students can become more reflective users of direct and indirect assessment of student learning. Participants will integrate an inquiry process to maximize the benefits of assessment and use the resulting data for more consequential decisions and improvements to achieve student success.
Interested persons will be able to discuss various ACCJC Standards, policies, and review practices that have been deemed challenging or difficult to document.
Presented by Frank Palacat, Jan Lubin, and Nalani Kaun. Using “The Walking Dead,” as context, course SLOs from PSY 65 – Social Zombie Psychology - and process SLOs from the Zombie Headquarters, workshop participants will work through linking course, program, and General Education SLOs as well as relating unit process outcomes to the unit mission. An assessment tool will be provided, and workshop participants will need to analyze the results of the assessment.
Presented by Craig Rutan and Julie Bruno. Effective colleges require collaboration between faculty, classified, staff, students, and administration. As the representatives of faculty, academic senates play a vital role in ensuring that our colleges remain fully accredited. Please join us for a discussion of the role of academic senates in accreditation and how working collaboratively with the academic senate will help facilitate the creation of the Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER).
10:00am-10:30am Break
10:30am - 11:15am
Concurrent Break-out Sessions and Workshops
Amy Driscoll's previous ACCJC workshops have been highly acclaimed. This workshop will explore how faculty, administration, staff, and students can become more reflective users of direct and indirect assessment of student learning. Participants will integrate an inquiry process to maximize the benefits of assessment and use the resulting data for more consequential decisions and improvements to achieve student success.
Presented by Craig Hayward, Arleen Elseroad, Robert Melendez, and Rebecca Kaminsky. Using a collaborative, data-driven approach, IVC’s Leading from the Middle (LFM) team re-envisioned and designed a new system, the Extremely Early Support Innovation (EESI) tool, for use in identifying struggling students across a multi-college district and “nudging” them to engage with support services. Students are targeted for timely support when they need it, thereby increasing their chances for success. Predictive analytics identify high risk students even before the first day of class.
Presented by Donna Berry and Stephanie Curry. As a result of accreditation recommendations and a new focus on Institutional Effectiveness, the college transformed its culture of budgeting to become a transparent program driven collaborative process. The budget process is an integral part of our integrated planning model that allows us to document all budget resource allocations to specific strategic planning elements and program review.
Wendell Stephenson will address the ability of ACCJC Standards to enable it to evaluate the academic or educational quality and excellence of institutions, or to enable institutions to do this themselves.
11:15am - 11:45amHotel Checkout
11:45am - 1:15pm
Commission Chair Raúl Rodríguez and Interim President Richard Winn will bring participants current on the influence of the Chancellor’s Work Groups I and II. They will then report on the status of current conversations within the region about the model of accreditation that may best serve member institutions in the coming years. Open conversation with the audience will follow.
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