You may have noticed a lot of excitement around campus this past week, as the accreditation peer review visit took place on September 30th to October 3rd. Eight representatives from other California Community Colleges, plus Dr. Richard Winn, President of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), met with dozens of individuals across our campus, including students, faculty and staff. The visit went very well, and Skyline College received a great deal of positive feedback!

So what happens next? The peer review team will submit its “External Evaluation Team Report” to the ACCJC, a 19-member decision-making body. This body will meet in January 2020 to determine the accredited status of all the colleges reviewed during the current cycle. The Commission will communicate its decision to Skyline College via an action letter, approximately 30 days after the January meeting.

While the College must wait until February 2020 to read the official report, we can start celebrating the culmination of a monumental self-evaluation and reflection process that has engaged our entire community over the past two years. Hundreds of Skyline College community members contributed to this process and should take great pride in their role. On behalf of the College leadership, I want to especially thank and recognize the team that spearheaded our highly praised Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER): Accreditation Tri-Chairs Michele Haggar, William Minnich and Karen Wong, along with Chief Editor Nancy Kaplan-Biegel and Evidence Manager Belinda Chan. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

Article by Ingrid Vargas

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