faces, new duties
JOHN GLAVAN, Director, Self-Study for Accreditation
happens every seven years. And depending on your outlook,
it can be a time of dread or one of excitement.
Mission College is entering its accreditation renewal period
and John Glavan, an adjunct instructor in speech, has been
selected to lead the process he expects will lead to recertification
Glavan, who holds a Masters degree from Pepperdine University,
is currently working on his doctorate in education from Oregon
State University (via distance learning). The focus of his
studies is community college leadership and a major component
is accreditation. He now hopes to apply that learning to the
real task of Mission College accreditation.
The first step is the self study, where all facets of the
college are examined.
It pretty much covers the campus from A to Z,
he explained. Every service we provide to students has
to be examined in the self-study to determine if it meets
the standards of the (Western Association of Schools and Colleges).
Separate committees will examine four standards: institutional
mission and effectiveness; student learning programs and services;
resources (human, physical, technological and financial);
and leadership and governance. Subcommittees examine more
specific aspects of those standards, Glavan explained.
This year-long phase of the process ends next summer, with
completion of a draft self-study. Glavan and Mission College
will then share the findings with the accrediting panel and
respond to their requests. The process culiminates with a
visit to the campus in spring 2007 by the committee.
The accreditation process will affect everyone on this
campus, he said. Thats why we want as much
participation as possible.
BY EDUARDO PARDO