Bakersfield College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: www.accjc.org.
Every seven years as part of the accreditation process, Bakersfield College must undertake a comprehensive self study resulting in the Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER) and culminates with a multi-day visit from a team of evaluators. This team, from the ACCJC, evaluates the quality of the college and assesses the degree to which the college meets the accreditation standards. The ACCJC evaluators provide the college with an External Evaluation Report (EER). Bakersfield College must also submit a midterm evaluation in the third year of the cycle, and submit annual reports. Bakersfield College accreditation was reaffirmed in 2019.
Organization of the BC Self-Evaluation Process
The following timeline summarizes the major developments in our preparation and creation of the 2018 Institutional Self-Evaluation Report. Over 200 faculty, staff, administrators, and students engaged on writing teams, in open forums, and through our 12 campus-wide committees.
Plan: Spring - Fall 2016
ACCJC training webinar (AIQ); ACCJC local ISER workshops (04/1); AIQ Gear-Up; AIQ Identified ISER Core Team, AIQ Released Draft of ISER Writing Team Leads
Collect: Spring 2017
Opening Day Campus-Wide Launch; ISER Leads Launch Meeting (1/26); ISER Writing Team Trainings; Writing Teams Meeting and Collecting Evidence; ISER Writing Lab (3/31); CORE Team Lead Meetings with Standard Teams
Coordinate: Summer 2017
Administrative Retreats on ISER Engagement; ISER CORE Team Meetings (6/20- 21); Writing Team lead intensive organizing meetings; Accreditation Writing Lab (8/9); Communication Team Launch, ISER Editor Interviews (8/14)
Refine: Fall 2017
Opening Day Accreditation ISER Carnival; CORE Writing Team lead meetings with President and AIQ Chairs; Data Prelude Draft Complete; Data Guidelines for Writing Teams from OIE (9/4), Update to Renegade Scorecard 3.0; Writing team handoff to Editing Team for initial review; ACCJC Webinar; Campus-Wide Forums on each Standard; Communication Team Led Updates/ Engagement
Edit: Spring 2018
Opening Day Presentation; ISER Zoom Training with Gohar Momjian; Editing Team convened and working; Communication Team Presentations to Governance Committees; Editing Team Meetings with Writing Leads; ASCCC Accreditation Institute; Board Subcommittee Reviews; BOT Monthly Review; District-wide reveal on campus via Zoom; Draft QFE.
Approve: Summer 2018
Campus Engagement at administrative and leadership retreats; Faculty engagement during FLEX Week; KCCD BOT first and second Reads in May and June; Approval in July
Present: Fall 2018
Opening Day Campus-Wide Presentations; Bi-Weekly Communication Team Engagement to prepare campus for visiting team; Visiting Team logistical preparations; Site Visit in October, followed by campus celebration, reflection, and identification of next steps; AIQ to prepare action plan for Midterm report and QFE
Organization of the BC Self-Evaluation Structure
While hundreds of faculty, staff, administrators, and students engaged in our 2018 Institutional Self-Evaluation process through our shared governance structure, a core team, guided by the Accreditation and Institutional Quality Committee, took leadership of the report as detailed below.
AIQ Steering Committee: Co-Chairs: Jessica Wojtysiak and Bill Moseley
Self-Evaluation Core Team: Jason Stratton and Liz Rozell
- Standard I. A. Manny Mourtzanos and David Koeth
- Standard I. B. Janet Fulks and Kim Nickell
- Standard I. C. Nicky Damania and Jennifer Johnson
- Standard II. A. Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Bill Moseley, Justin Flint, and Qiu Jimenez
- Standard II. B. Stephen Waller and Kirk Russell
- Standard II. C. Grace Commiso, Sandi Taylor and Jonathan Schultz
- Standard III. A. Dena Rhoades & Michael Ivey
- Standard III. B. Bill Potter & Jason Dixon
- Standard III. C. Todd Coston & Richard Marquez
- Standard III. D. Don Chrusciel & Steven Holmes
- Standard IV. A. Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg and Jason Stratton
- Standard IV. B. Lesley Bonds & Krista Moreland
- Standard IV. C. Zav Dadabhoy & Steven Holmes
- Standard IV. D. Zav Dadabhoy & Nick Strobel
- Quality Focus Essay Janet Fulks & Jessica Wojtysiak
Communication Engagement Team: Talita Pruett, Alisha Loken, Krista Moreland, Neely Hatridge, Sarah Baron, Todd Coston, Lesley Bonds, Jason Stratton
Editing Team: Nick Strobel, Sarah Baron and Lesley Bonds (Editors), Sondra Keckley (Evidence Indexer)
Data Team: Janet Fulks (Integrity Lead) and Craig Hayward (Data Prelude)