American Samoa Community College

I.C.13. The institution advocates and demonstrates honesty and integrity in its relationships with external agencies, including compliance with regulations and statues. It describes itself in consistent terms to all of its accrediting agencies and communicates any changes in its accredited status to the Commission, students, and the public. (ER 21)

The institution demonstrates integrity in its relationship with the Commission as is evident in the college’s response in addressing the Show Cause sanction. The institution responded immediately to address the Show Cause sanction as followed:

Informing all stakeholders of ASCC’s Show Cause Sanction:

In response to ASCC’s Show Cause sanction and PDN publicizing requirements, ASCC Acting President implemented a schedule of presentations following internal protocol and presented to all ASCC stakeholders regarding its Accreditation Status, ACCJC Forms of Commission Actions, Definition of Show Cause, ACCJC Recommendations, and ACCJC Eligibility Requirements and Standards:

  • Presentation to the Board of Higher Education- February 23, 2015 (Referencing PPT)
  • Presentation to ASCC Deans and Directors- February 25, 2015 (Referencing PPT)
  • Presentation to ASCC Faculty and Staff- February 26, 2015 (Referencing PPT)
  • Presentation to ASCC Students- February 27, 2015 (Referencing PPT)
  • Presentation to the Public- KVZK-TV and Samoa News- February 27, 2015 (Referencing Televised Recording and ASCC Press Release)

Planning the Process to address ACCJC Recommendations:

Following the presentation of ASCC’s accreditation status, Acting President in collaboration with IE Director set meetings with ASCC internal stakeholders to initiate and organize an action plan to address ACCJC Recommendations through ASCC’s 2015-2020 Institutional Strategic Plan, utilizing the process of strategic planning and the Institutional Planning Core Committee (IPECC) composition.

ASCC’s Institutional 2015-2020 Strategic Plan encompasses several of the recommendations as cited by the ACCJC however, although ASCC’s Strategic Plan details the addressing of these outcomes in a two to five-year cycle, ASCC will have to expedite the process to achieve these outcomes in a six to seven-month time frame to meet the ACCJC Show Cause sanction expectations.

Using ACCJC Recommendations as a guide for planning, expected outcomes were extracted from ASCC’s Institutional 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and aligned accordingly to strategic goal(s), objective(s), and performance indicator(s) with emphasis on outcome expectations for addressing each Recommendation. 1

1 - ASCC Analysis of Show Cause Actions Taken, pp.1- 20