LATTC Accreditation Newsletter – Countdown

Dear LATTC Staff

This newsletter is designed as a communication vehicle to help inform the campus of our accreditation efforts. This future of this college depends on a successful accreditation process. Everyone has to play a role, and everyone must understand the urgency and importance of this process. We have several deadlines to meet, and we ask that you read these updates in order for you to be informed and empowered as a staff. The visit is just a few months away.

Important Dates

  • Oct 2 – Draft Version of Self-Study to Academic Senate
  • Nov 6 – Final Draft to Academic Senate
  • March 16-22 – ACCJC Site Visit

Why Accreditation?

Accreditation is the process for evaluating and assuring the quality of education used by the American higher education community. It is a uniquely American quality assurance process through which institutions collectively set standards for good practice, conduct peer-based evaluations of institutions on a regular basis, confer accredited status on institutions, and make the results of accreditation review of institutions known to the public.

Internally, accreditation helps our college examine our strengths and successes as well as address the weaknesses and new opportunities that may be arising in our community. Accreditation emphasizes the relationships between Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs,) program review and institutional planning and budgeting. When students aren’t succeeding, or programs not graduating students, the college must examine the reasons why these are occurring and create plans for addressing these shortcomings.

Externally, maintaining accreditation assures our students that other institutions will recognize the degrees and certificates that they earn. Potential students look for accredited institutions, since accredited institutions are allowed to participate in federal and state financial aid programs. Losing accreditation or being placed on probation or warning places all of our programs under suspicion. Even though an individual program may be successfully matriculating students through its program, the loss of accreditation damages the reputation of all programs at the school. Employers may be less likely to recruit students from the school if they read of a negative accrediting action.

What can you do?

  • Review the drafts of the different standards on the college’s accreditation website.
  • Send comments to the chairperson(s) of the standards.
  • Come to the Senate meetings in October and November to show your support
  • Complete your SLOs and assessments this semester
  • Complete your program review and begin working on the goals that you created.

Standard 1A – The Mission of the College

Our VISION for 2015:
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College will be a global leader known for effectively incorporating leading-edge theories, proven educational practices, hands-on experiences and technology into its career technical and professional programs. LATTC graduates will be in high demand. Many will become community and business leaders and innovators.

Our MISSION is to:
Provide our students and community with high-quality technical and professional educational options that flexibly meet their life-long career development and academic goals; foster a climate of life-long learning; prepare our students to participate effectively in our democratic society; and generate economic development with our educational, governmental, community, and business partners.

Our VALUES are:

  • Learning
  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Decision-making

Strategic Priorities:

  • Student Success
  • Growth
  • Community & Business Development
  • Organizational Development

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