Accreditation Dialogue


Theme: Dialogue

After reading the description below, add “comments” that identify specific activities at the college that indicate we engage in ongoing, self-reflective dialogue that is central to our institutional processes. Post a separate “comment” for each activity identified.

As the Commission was developing the new standards, it became evident that if an institution is to ensure that its resources and processes support student learning and its continuous assessment, as well as the pursuit of institutional excellence and improvement, an “ongoing, self-reflective dialogue” must become central to institutional processes. Accordingly, the subtitle of the Introduction to the Accreditation Standards is “Shaping the Dialogue.” The standards are designed to facilitate college engagement in inclusive, informed, and intentional dialogue about institutional quality and improvement. The dialogue should purposefully guide institutional change. All members of the college community should participate in this reflection and exchange about student achievement, student learning, and the effectiveness of its processes, policies, and organization. For the dialogue to have its intended effect, it should be based on reliable information about the college’s programs and services and evidence on how well the institution is meeting student needs. Information should be quantitative and qualitative, responsive to a clear inquiry, meaningfully interpreted, and broadly communicated. The institutional dialogue should result in ongoing self-reflection and conscious improvement.


  • College Council
    Student Development Task Force
    Learning Communities
    Learning College Task Force
    Teaching and Learning Institute

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:34 AM  

  • asoc got engaged un campus environment improvement. idea was tables and umbrellas on quads for more social engagement. formed committee and reported to asoc plan, purchase approved and tables ordered to be installed this fall. dialogue reasons for campus to be more friendly and inviting, relax and be comfortable.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:35 AM  

  • College Council formation is an example of interdialogue among multidisciplinary team members.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:37 AM  

  • Task forces under college council keeps the pulse on the college as a whole.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:39 AM  

  • Faculty Senate held a retreat on Monday, August 21. We had a dialogue about how to engage the entire faculty in Senate decision-making.

    By Blogger Susan Myers, at 11:39 AM  

  • The President's mid-semester forums provide information to the campus and provide opportunity for campuswide feedback.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:41 AM  

  • The "state of the college address" from the president updates Ohlone community every semester and encourages community feedback.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 AM  

  • The collegewide symposium which resulted in the seven goals and vision statement for the College.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:43 AM  

  • encourages dialogue and discussion.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:43 AM  

  • The process of engaging in Program Service Review is a good example of dialogue.

    - committees are multi-disciplinary
    - presentation of Program Review to the Board of Trustees adds another level of engagement

    By Blogger Sheldon, at 11:44 AM  

  • Student Learning Outcomes was a campus wide project that originated from faculty, to committee, to curriculum, and then back to faculty--great example of a benefit from dialogue.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:44 AM  

  • Retreats (e.g., College Council, DDAS) offer opportunities for broader dialogue on various topics.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:45 AM  

  • In April 2006 several retreats were organized to engage dialogue related the the NCHST planning in preparation for the opening in Spring 2008. Dialogue occured related to ideas about learning, culture, environmental and sustainability and designing an integrated approach to curriculum development.

    By Blogger Susan Myers, at 11:46 AM  

  • Board of Trustees minutes are published on the web and t.v. for the larger Ohlone community. Also, staff and faculty receive board agenda via email.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:47 AM  

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    By Blogger Sheldon, at 11:47 AM  

  • Retreats (e.g., College Council, DDAS) are examples of opportunities for broader dialogue.

    By Blogger Sheldon, at 11:48 AM  

  • The president, himself, is very accessible through faculty luncheons, email, one-on-one discussions, and etc. He also encourages feedback.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:48 AM  

  • The intent of College Council is that representatives from each of the constituent groups on campus obtain and communicate information from/to their groups. However, we feel this is an area that needs improvement and more active engagement.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:49 AM  

  • The relationship between the UFO, administration, and the board encourages dialogue.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:51 AM  

  • Various departments conducting survey's to recieve input from the college community

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:52 AM  

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