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College of the Redwoods Accreditation Overview. Open Forum August 7, 2012 – New Theater. Fiscal and Accreditation Survival Skills. Tom Henry, CEO Education Management and Assistance Corporation (EdMAC )

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College of the redwoods accreditation overview

College of the Redwoods Accreditation Overview

Open Forum August 7, 2012 – New Theater

Fiscal and accreditation survival skills
Fiscal and Accreditation Survival Skills

  • Tom Henry, CEO Education Management and Assistance Corporation (EdMAC)

  • Special Trustee Compton Community College District and Fiscal Adviser Peralta Community College District

  • Past Special Trustee Lassen and Solano Community Colleges

  • Prior CEO of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT)

Fcmat statutory authority
FCMAT Statutory Authority

  • Education Code Section 42127.8 and 84041

  • Administrative Agent / 25- Member Board

  • Board of Governors Request – EC 84041 (a)

  • Community College Request – EC 84041 (g)

Fcmat assistance services

  • Board of Governors Request

  • Establish or Maintain Sound Fiscal Management

  • Management Review

  • Audit of the Financial Conditions of the District

  • Management or Fiscal Crisis Intervention

  • FCMAT Management Report Including Findings and Recommendations to the District

Fcmat assistance and services
FCMAT Assistance and Services

  • District Request of FCMAT

  • Provide Fiscal Management Assistance

  • Facilitate Training for Members of the District Governing Board, and District Employees to Improve Fiscal Accountability and Fiscal Competency

Fcmat website
FCMAT Website


  • Request for Services

  • FCMAT Alerts and Advisories

  • Community College Reports

  • Education Headlines

Fcmat predictors of school agencies needing intervention
FCMAT Predictors of School Agencies Needing Intervention

  • Importance of Strong Leadership and Effective Communication

  • Budget Development and Monitoring

  • Long-Term Debt Commitments

  • Human Resource Crisis

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Fiscal and Accreditation Survival Skills

  • Board of Governors Criteria and Standards (EC 84040)

  • Periodic Assessment of Fiscal Conditions

  • Standards for Sound Fiscal Management

  • Purpose – Preventive Management Assistance

  • Self-Assessment Checklist (Fiscal Management)

Accreditation points for fiscal services staff accjc may 2009 advisory
Accreditation Points for Fiscal Services Staff - ACCJC, May 2009 Advisory

  • Five Most Common Areas of Deficiency

  • Lack of Data-Driven Decision Making and Good Quality Program Review

  • Lack of Integrated Planning Processes – That the Institution Uses to Regularly Evaluate its Effectiveness and Make Improvements

  • Trustee-Governance Problems

  • Other Governance Problems

  • Financial Management or Financial Stability Problems

Focus areas to understand and embrace
Focus Areas to Understand and Embrace

  • Accreditation Process Represents

  • Best Practices and Peer Review, Self-Regulating, and Increasingly, Federal Regulations of Higher Education

  • Accreditation Reference Handbook, Self Study Manual, Guide to Evaluation Institutions, Distance Learning Manual (

  • Be Prepared/Pro-Active

  • Appoint and Empower the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)

  • Maintain Adherence to Standards, Eligibility Requirements and Self-Study at all Times

  • Start Self-Study Four Semesters Prior to ACCJC Visit

Focus areas to understand and embrace1
Focus Areas to Understand and Embrace

  • Research and Accurate -Timely Data Helps Drive Participatory Decision Making

  • Continuous Institutional Dialogue Helps Ensure Educational Effectiveness

  • Good Decisions Involve Participation – Ultimately the Board and CEO Leadership Must Make Decisions Focused on Institutional Excellence and Effectiveness

  • Steering Committee Membership Fundamental

  • Reports, Audits, ACCJC Recommendations Require Immediate and Sustained Attention

  • ACCJC Reports

  • External and Independent Audit Reports

  • Any Local, State/Federal Reviews/Audits

Focus areas to understand and embrace2
Focus Areas to Understand and Embrace

  • Responsive and Professional with ACCJC Process/Team

  • Respond Promptly and Accurately to all ACCJC Inquires/Recommendations

  • Seek Advice from ACCJC and Colleagues

  • Integrate Ongoing Institutional Evaluation and Planning with Self-Study and all Responses (Data for Decision Making)

Focus areas to understand and embrace3
Focus Areas to Understand and Embrace

  • Board Development and Ethics Training

  • Ongoing Training – Governance and Fiscal

  • Regular Policy Review and Updates

  • Monitoring Relative to Board Policy Development

  • Demonstrate Understanding of Distinct Role of Board and CEO

  • Adherence to Board Code of Conduct and Ethics

  • Govern the Members who Fail to Perform Well – Self Evaluation

Focus areas to understand and embrace4
Focus Areas to Understand and Embrace

  • Avoid Denial, Complacency and Confrontation

  • Accept and Understand the ACCJC Findings

  • Assume Responsibility and Embrace Accountability

  • Form Partnerships in a Collegial Manner

  • Key Fiscal and Academic Standards

  • Standard III D (Fiscal Resources)

  • Institutional Mission and Effectiveness (I and IV)

  • Student Learning Programs and Services (II)

  • Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) (All Standards)

Focus areas to understand and embrace5
Focus Areas to Understand and Embrace

  • “Two Year Rule”

  • Federal Law Requires Full Compliance with all Standards within Two Years

  • ACCJC Sets Deadlines for the Institution to Come into Compliance with any Deficiencies

  • Evidenced Based Process

  • Substantial and Sustainable Resolution Required

  • Termination of Accreditation is Required if Institution Fails to Substantially Comply unless Rare and Extenuating Circumstances Exist