Proposed Initial Tentative Draft of ALO Report
The college is presently working on the following specific recommendations based on the exit assembly and the preliminary confidential draft of the accreditation visit team report:
- The Technical Advisory Committee, with input from other units, has been tasked with developing a new technology plan.
- Work is being done on assembling a Board of Regents policy manual.
- The Director of Research and Planning is in the process of developing an integrated, formal research program.
- The Director of Personnel is sheperding the new faculty evaluation instrument through personnel committee. The core accreditation issue here is that the current instrument does not include a clear statement of faculty responsibilities including development and review of curriculum as well as assessment of learning. The new instrument addresses these areas.
- The college must immediately provide an adequate facility for student learning at the Chuuk site. The visit team is reporting to the Commission that, "On Chuuk, the present campus site is admittedly sub-standard and priority efforts are being made to finalize the purchase of the Chuuk Star Hotel by May 2004, so that renovations can be completed in time for the college to operate at the new permanent site by spring 2005."
The report also notes that, "The team member who visited the Chuuk state campus describes the campus facilities as, 'unacceptable.' ... Overall, the campus facilities are overcrowded, insufficient, inadequate, and in poor repair. ... With the exception of the Chuuk state campus, physical facilities at all sites meet the standards in being adequate to support student learning."
In all likelihood the May 2004 acquisition timeline reported above cannot now be met. Given that slippage will likely occur, there is a need for the board to take action at this meeting in providing guidance to the Chuuk site in regards the fall 2004 term.
The college has four broader and more general recommendations, "themes," that must be addressed system-wide at all levels in all units:
- Improve communication including command and control structures college wide.
- Integration of all aspects of planning, evaluation, and resource allocation.
- Identify and assess student learning outcomes.
- Create continuity across the system by standardizing instruction, student services, learning environments, and quality of instruction across the college’s six sites.
I would ask Jessica to feel free in modifying this as appropriate and then passing along a final draft to Norma for the notebooks.
I would also suggest that we provide each board member and every unit head with a copy of the attached document, "Making the Link." I think this is a critical road map for each and every one of us. The document frames each new recommendation in light of the past recommendations. The document also includes all of the thematic recommendations in the report.
Dana Lee Ling
cc: Self study team leads, directly impacted unit heads