ORGANIZATION FOR THE SELF-STUDY
The organization for the comprehensive self-study began in February 1993 when the college solicited volunteers to write the Midterm Report. Because of an agreement between the former chancellor and the commission to have district colleges visited in groups of threes, the visitation date to Mission College was scheduled a year early, thereby compressing the midterm and the comprehensive back to back. For this reason, and because of the small number of full-time faculty available to do the study, those who formed the standard committees for the Midterm, did also for the Comprehensive.
No sooner was the Midterm submitted in November of 1993 than the first meeting for the comprehensive was held, 11 November. At this meeting, timelines were established, calling for first rough drafts to be submitted 4 April 1994. The concern of the Steering Committee was that if drafts were not submitted before summer break, there would not be time in fall semester alone to complete the study.
In accord with our practice since 1989, it was agreed that the Steering Committee chairman would convene as few general meetings as possible, but would be available anytime to meet with standard committees for whatever assistance might be needed. Accordingly, meetings were held, individual assignments were agreed to, and sources of information were identified for particular sections of the standards.
And then the earth quaked. While it is impossible to measure or otherwise establish to what degree that event and its 11,000 aftershocks retarded the progress of the study, it at least occasioned a tremulous shift of attention. Time passed. The 4 April deadline was missed. Eventually, several standards were submitted and revision began immediately; for the most part, however, too much
was still not done in August when the editor urged the president to either ask for an extension or exercise his presidential authority to convene an intensive, two-day, weekend meeting of the entire Accreditation Committee. The meeting was called; response was supportive; much was written; but the revision process absorbed more time so that as the new year approached and arrived, not all the standards were complete. Nonetheless, by early February the work was ready for printing.
The following persons composed the original Accreditation Committee. As the commission knows, however, for a variety of reasons there is usually a difference between those who volunteer and those who actually become involved.
Several replacements for students were officially assigned by the Associated Student Organization: Tony Montes for Christina Wood, Yolanda Sirucek for Sergio Anchonde, Elisa Fedezco for Francia Garcia, Gabriel Monge for Juan Andrade, and Lilianna Sunn for Barbie Gonzalez.