Quality Focus Essay
The newest component of the Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER) is the Quality Focus Essay (QFE). The QFE asks the institution to reflect on 2 or 3 large scales, long term projects that will have a direct impact on student success, achievement, and/or outcomes. The QFE must be no longer than 4,000 words, be rooted in data provided in the ISER, and emerge from the self-evaluation of the institution. Ideas for projects have been gleaned from the accreditation standards committees, Academic and Classified Senates, and the student body through surveys. Each project will include measurable outcomes, the resources needed to accomplish the project, who are the responsible stakeholders or committees, and the timeline for completion.
The ACCJC visiting team will evaluate the QFE, but the Commission will not use the QFE as a factor in making its determination for accreditation. During the midterm report, the Commission will follow-up on the progress the College has made toward achieving the QFE’s projects.