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PCC is due for its next accreditation December 2014, leaving only a short span for the college to repair its deficiency in institutional planning that has left the school on warning throughout the past decade.

An accreditation-linking plan and planning rubric was presented by instructor Stephanie Fleming and Interim Associate Dean of General Education Matthew Jordan at the Budget Resource Allocation Standing committee March 28, which would help the school’s planning meet accreditation needs. It would also work as a self-evaluation tool.

The college has been struggling with issues of planning since 1993 according to Jordan. Within the past decade it has been under a federally imposed mandate that gives only two years to fix the college’s deficiency.

“The college was on warning for two years because it was unable to respond to the original recommendations of Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges,” said Superintendent President Mark Rocha at a press conference held on March 26.

The concept of integrated planning is a plan formed off of past and current data such as student learning outcomes and other programs. Then that compilation of information would determine the budget allocation decisions, Jordan explained. “All of our resource allocations tie back to our mission, which would tie back to our Educational Master Plan,” he said.

The importance of collaboration in the developed process was emphasized by Jordan and would be “totally transparent.”

“I think we have a lot of good things going on at the campus right now, but a lot of people don’t know what’s going on or who came up with them,” said Director of the Learning Assistance Center John Wood. “We need to get everyone to know what’s going on.”

In order to enforce the transparency of the integrated planning process, Fleming and Jordan invited BRAC to join the Institution Effectiveness Committee, and the Planning and Priorities Committee in a three-hour retreat, on April 26 to educate people about the concepts of integrated planning.

“We have to have agreement on what that process will be,” said Senior Vice President Assistant Superintendent of Business and Services Robert Miller. “We need to get our house in order.”

“We have a long way to go,” added Wood.

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