The Role of Accreditation
How Accreditation Supports LBCC and Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
Student Learning Outcomes assessment informs LBCC faculty, administrators, and staff of student learning and guides improvements to courses, programs, and students’ general educations. It is also a requirement of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and informs other outside agencies, such as the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.
ACCJC has a number of Accreditation Standards related to SLOs that the College must adhere to, such as:
II.A.1 - All instructional programs, regardless of location or means of delivery, including distance education and correspondence education, are offered in fields of study consistent with the institution’s mission, are appropriate to higher education, and culminate in student attainment of identified student learning outcomes, and achievement of degrees, certificates, employment, or transfer to other higher education programs.
II.A.3 - The institution identifies and regularly assesses learning outcomes for courses, programs, certificates and degrees using established institutional procedures. The institution has officially approved and current course outlines that include student learning outcomes. In every class section students receive a course syllabus that includes learning outcomes from the institution’s officially approved course outline.
II.A.13 - All degree programs include focused study in at least one area of inquiry or in an established interdisciplinary core. The identification of specialized courses in an area of inquiry or interdisciplinary core is based upon student learning outcomes and competencies, and include mastery, at the appropriate degree level, of key theories and practices within the field of study.
The primary purpose of an ACCJC accredited institution is to foster learning in students. According to the 2020 Guide to Institutional Self-Evaluation, Improvement, and Peer Review, “accreditation is the proven method for assuring the public that a college or university meets established standards of quality and that it grants degrees, certificates, and/or credits that students and the community can trust.” An effective institution ensures that its resources and processes support student learning, continuously assesses that learning is taking place, and pursues institutional excellence and improvement. Effectiveness is measured by the extent to which institutions maintain an ongoing, self-reflective dialogue about quality and improvements.
Long Beach City College is accredited by ACCJC, and as such, adheres to the ACCJC Accreditation Standards and Commission Policies. To support faculty in efforts toward continuous quality improvement that ensures student learning, the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (ASLO) Subcommittee has established cycles of assessment for course, program, and institutional learning outcomes. Outcomes assessment is also integrated into the College’s annual program planning/review process and hiring priorities process. Outcomes assessment supports the college in achieving the goals of the 2016-2022 Strategic Plan, in alignment with the College’s Mission and Values.