The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, has re-affirmed the accreditation of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, but has placed the college on probation status, until a follow-up report is submitted on March 15, 2010. The report will be followed by a visit from commission representatives.
The commission stated the probation is based on the college’s self-study response to two recommendations. One is institutional Integrity. The commission team recommends that campus constituency groups create venues, forums and dialogues to strengthen and sustain high quality programs. The second recommendation involves Evaluation, Planning and Improvement. The commission team recommends the college develop and fully implement an integrated planning process that links program review, technology, facilities, fiscal planning and resource allocation.
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College president Dr. Roland “Chip” Chapdelaine says the institution has been addressing institutional integrity even before the commission visit. Open forums have taken place on budget information, the facilities plan and the strategic plan. More of these events are scheduled, to seek college-wide input on a variety of issues.
“It is important that dialogue and discussion take place on a variety of issues,” says Chapdelaine, “so that we forge a bond between all of the constituencies on campus. It can only help us move forward.”
One of the problems with evaluation, planning and improvement is time. Trade Tech has experienced repeated changes in its administration, delaying appropriate implementation of a current cycle of planning, budgeting and evaluation. The commission wants to assess an entire planning cycle before issuing a final approval.
“Some of these commission recommendations were based on deficiencies cited in 1997 and 2003,” says Chapdelaine, “and we finally have stability within the administration and the president’s office, to implement a full cycle of planning.”
President Chapdelaine expects that college’s responses will not only lift the probation, but will show that the campus is among the most vital in the state because of its unique career-technical focus and the community it serves. He stresses to students that the commission action in no way affects transfer eligibility or certificates and a very robust Fall semester will begin on August 31st, 2009.
- Accreditation Briefing to Student Success Committee of LACCD Board of Trustees – 7/15/09
- ACCJC Accreditation Results Letter
- Accreditation Visiting Team Report – March 2009
- All ACCJC Actions from June 2009