Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College Renegade Knight sign


Bakersfield College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC). The ACCJC is one of the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Every six years as part of the accreditation process, Bakersfield College must undertake a comprehensive self study that 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. 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 2012 and by a follow-up visit in 2013.

Organization of the Self-Evaluation Process

The following timeline graphically summarizes the major developments in our preparation and creation of this 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 (AI Q); 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 Mid-Term report and QFE

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