Accreditation Visit Guide

October 9-12, 2017

What is Accreditation?

Community colleges in California are evaluated by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. As explained by the ACCJC, accreditation is “a voluntary system of self-regulation developed to evaluate overall educational quality and institutional effectiveness. The ACCJC accreditation process provides assurance to the public that the accredited member colleges meet the Standards; the education earned at the institutions is of value to the student who earned it; and employers, trade or profession-related licensing agencies, and other colleges and universities can accept a student’s credential as legitimate.”


Spring 2015 to Fall 2015


Assemble subcommittees for each standard.

Gather information, data, and evidence.

Identify themes for self-evaluation report.

Spring 2016 to Fall 2016

Preparing first draft of self-evaluation report.

Organizing evidence.

Getting feedback to first draft from campus, district, and community.

Spring 2017 to Summer 2017

Revising self-evaluation report.

Compiling and cataloguing evidence and data.

Preparing campus for site team visit.

Fall 2017

Site team visit.

Accreditation Team

Dr. Greg Gillespie, Chair
Chancellor, Ventura County Community College District

Mr. John Richards
Dean of Career and Technical Education, Kapiolani Community College

Mr. Christopher Howerton
Professor of Communication Studies/SLO, Woodland Community College

Mr. William Turini
Political Science Instructor, Reedley College

Dr. Richard Santos
Instructor, Linguistics/ESL, Fresno City College

Dr. Kimberly Hoffmans, Assistant
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Ventura College

Dr. Lisa Cooper Wilkens
Vice President of Student Services, San Joaquin Delta College

Dr. Kristi Blackburn
Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning, Cerritos College

Ms. Aulii Silva
Faculty, Professor-Counselor and Coordinator, Native Hawaiian Student Support

Ms. Jeannine Stokes
Interim Associate Dean of Human Resources, Mt. San Jacinto College

Ms. Denise Whisenhunt
Vice President of Student Services, San Diego City College

Mr. David Martin
Chief Financial Officer, City College of San Francisco

Dr. Katrina VanderWoude
Vice President Academic Affairs, Grossmont College

7 Tips for a Successful External Team Visit

Review the areas of the Institutional Self-Evaluation Report that are most relevant to your role at the college, including the supporting evidence. The team will want to hear about your work and your experience at the college in your own words, so you don’t need to memorize or quote from the SER. You should know how your department, program, division, or office was described and analyzed and what evidence was used to draw conclusions about how the College meets accreditation standards. The report is posted on the Accreditation webpage.

Gather additional evidence that relates to the standards most relevant to your role at the college. The SER is supported by hundreds of documents gathered over the last two years, and as the work of the College has continued, additional information related to statements in the SER has likely been collected in reports and other documents. Members of the visiting team may ask for this information, so have it handy.

Familiarize yourself with the new Mission Statement. Our focus on providing excellent educational opportunities to the community has not changed; however, the new statement and goals more clearly capture
the broad range of programs, services, and people at Fullerton College. Keep this page or the quick guide booklet handy or post the Mission Statement in your work area so you can refer to it if asked.

Highlight what you do that makes FC a great place. The SER would have to triple in length to include all the ways faculty, classified professionals, managers, administrators and most of all students contribute to
Fullerton College. During the site visit, please feel free to showcase what you do in your office, classroom, or work area.

Keep up the good work! During the site visit, team members will visit classes and other places on campus to confirm information provided in the SER and supporting evidence. It is not necessary to stop what you are doing to interact with team members, just give a quick greeting and get back to being amazing.

Introduce yourself to members of the visiting team when you see them on campus. They are here to observe the college in action and to get a complete picture of what we do. Let them know your role at the college, and answer any questions they ask to the best of your knowledge. If you get asked a question you can’t answer, offer to find someone who can. Contact Ericka Adakai in the office of the Vice President of Instruction 714-732-5098 or Accreditation Steering Committee Co-Chair Danielle Fouquette at 714-992-7311 if you need assistance with this.

Attend the open session and closing forum. On Tuesday Oct. 10, the visiting team will hold an open session from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in rooms 224-228 for members of the campus community to share information relevant to the accreditation self-evaluation process. On Thursday Oct. 12, the chair of the visiting team will present an oral report to the college from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Campus Theater.

Mission Statement

Fullerton College advances student learning and achievement by developing flexible pathways for students from our diverse communities who seek educational and career growth, certificates, associate degrees, and transfer. We foster a supportive and inclusive environment for students to be successful learners, responsible leaders, and engaged community members.


Fullerton College will transform lives and inspire positive change in the world.

Core Values

  • Community – We promote a sense of community that enhances the well-being of our campus and surrounding areas.
  • Diversity – We embrace and value the diversity of our entire community.
  • Equity – We commit to equity for all we serve.
  • Excellence – We honor and build upon our tradition of excellence.
  • Growth – We expect everyone to continue growing and learning.
  • Inclusivity – We support the involvement of all in the decision-making process.
  • Innovation – We support innovation in teaching and learning.
  • Integrity – We act in accordance with personal integrity and high ethical standards.
  • Partnership – We work together with our educational and community partners.
  • Respect – We support an environment of mutual respect and trust that embraces the individuality of all.
  • Responsibility – We accept our responsibility for the betterment of the world around us.

Organization Chart

Additional Links

Download the Visit Guide

More Information

Contact Danielle Fouquette for more information