FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College is poised once again to answer to the accrediting commission that has held the college accountable in numerous ways since it landed on sanctions several years ago.
The college put together a first draft report in answer to an Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges action letter dated Feb. 13. That action letter, which advised the college it was remaining on warning sanctions, followed a meeting and site visit in late 2012.
The first draft follow-up report will be presented Wednesday to the college district’s governing board.
The follow-up report is in direct response to the four recommendations in which the accrediting commission stated the college still needs work. Those areas are:
The college’s lengthy first draft response letter outlined its accomplishments in reference to the needed corrections.
It included responses to each of the recommendations and outlined completed and in-progress plans, such as the continued work of the Student Equity Committee to refine and an update of the 2005 Student Equity Plan. Work to update the plan was, at one point, suspended because of difficulties obtaining data from Banner, the college’s newer software suite that manages business operations.
According to the report, the committee, composed of faculty, staff, administrators and students, began moving ahead with the update in March 2012.
Other accomplishments since the action letter include upgrades and enhancements to student learning support services to include online students and a new process for program review and course evaluation for the Distance Education program.
According to the draft follow-up letter, one of the recommendations, incorporating the effectiveness of student learning outcomes with the faculty evaluation process, was delayed due to several resignations from the Solano College Faculty Association Executive Board.
Negotiations between the Solano College Faculty Association and the administration began in the spring but were halted after a May meeting, according to the draft report. Negotiations began again in August after the California Teachers Association was called in to help in a faculty association restructure, the report stated. It also indicated that the negotiations will be completed early in the current semester.
Jowel Laguerre, superintendent/president of the college, was unavailable for comment Monday, but said at the time he received the action letter that he was upbeat despite having the continued warning sanction. He acknowledged a tight timeline to accomplish the work outlined in the accrediting commission’s action letter.
The college made steady strides over the years since it was put on “show cause” status, the sanction that comes immediately before losing accreditation. The college was free of sanctions for a year beginning in 2011 but then slid back in a few areas, going back on warning status the next year.
The governing board meets at 6:30 p.m. and will meet at the Vacaville Center, 2001 N. Village Parkway, Room 140.
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