There was just one topic discussed at the College Council retreat in Santa Barbara this past weekend. That was accreditation. The leadership at Trade Tech met to lay out strategies and timelines for a sweeping response to the probation sanction placed on the college. There is truly a sense of urgency among the representatives who attended the retreat. The college leadership realizes that fingerpointing or laying blame will not help in removing us from probation. What we need is a lot of hard work in collecting data, developing a true planning cycle and putting together a report that shows what a remarkable college we have. The retreat was facilitated by college experts Peter Gaarn and Don Averill who have an extensive background in bringing together college stakeholders on single issues, including accreditation. The College Council retreat attendees were led through a series of exercises to best identify our current status and to set a course for completion of the accreditation report due in March.
The task is clear. We have a lot of work to do over the next few months, during a time when we will have a robust Fall semester starting. During a time, when we will be opening new buildings. There is really only one way to insure that this work is completed, and that’s if all of the stakeholder groups join together in this effort. We are at a critical crossroads. Everyone needs to focus on what is needed to remove ourselves from probation. We must succeed for our students and our community and we cannot allow misinformation or negative attitudes derail us.
A very important piece of this effort is communication and we will be sending out notices on the the website and through email to keep everyone informed about what we all can do to make this effort successful. Please make a commitment to join us.