ACCD Special Board Meeting
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 201 W. Sheridan, San Antonio, TX 78204-1429.
Robert J. Pohl
An important public meeting will occur on 12 January. Alamo Community College District (ACCD) is hosting a special meeting to address the issue of single accreditation. Single accreditation would require aligning ACCD colleges so that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools can accredit the district as a whole -- instead of leaving the colleges independently accredited. Some professors have alleged that single accreditation has been Chancellor Bruce Leslie's surreptitious plan since his arrival at ACCD in 2006. The consequences of single accreditation are multiple and have the potential to affect all 1.6 million Bexar County residents (read the summary of the Accreditation Review Committee Report below). ACCD is only giving the public one chance to come speak or learn about single accreditation. Several forums were held last semester for faculty and students to learn and speak about single accreditation, however.
The Accreditation Review Committee Report was released to the public on 16 December. The facts gathered for this report indicate that single accreditation would be harmful, not helpful. After five months of research, the 21-member committee released the report with these important findings:
learn more, go to theranger.org. Or, pick up The Current on 13 January.
Another consequence of single accreditation is that it requires the standardization of curriculum among all colleges; the board of trustees and the chancellor have already begun this process. Most professors oppose standardizing curriculum because they say that standardizing curriculum fails to meet the needs of students who come from discrete communities. For example, Professor Christy Woodward Kaupert of SAC's political science department said that a disproportionate number of students who attend St. Philip's College come from Title 1 Schools, schools that have the highest concentrations of students who come from impoverished families. Kaupert said that the prerequisite standards, for example, at St. Philip's College are not suitable for San Antonio College and vice versa because the needs of discrete communities of students vary.
Knowledge of this general opposition to standardizing curriculum comes from letters that the faculty senates at Northwest Vista and San Antonio College sent to Chancellor Leslie, interviews with faculty senate members, and the resolutions that were read on the night that over 90 percent of professors who participated presented their votes of no confidence to Chancellor Leslie.
On 15 September, over 90 percent of professors who participated presented their votes of no confidence to Chancellor Bruce Leslie. Average participation among the four colleges that participated in the vote was about 80 percent (Faculty at Northeast Lakeview College did not participate because NLC is not yet accredited). Standardizing curriculum was just one of many reasons for the votes of no confidence. To learn more, go to therange.org.
Since the inceptions of St. Philip's, San Antonio, Northwest Vista and Palo Alto College, each college has been independently accredited.
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