Danville Area Community College began its reaccreditation journey in August 2006 with the formation of the Steering Committee and the Criterion Chairs. At that time the comprehensive visit seemed a long way off. During the course of the next two and one-half years, approximately ninety people served on a self-study committee or team and thus were directly involved in the self-study process. Many others did not serve on a team but participated indirectly by providing valuable information to committee and team members.

Along the way the Steering Committee and teams were ever mindful of the College's core value, communication, which DACC defines as "positive and productive relationships and environment for those it serves." One way it fosters communication is "by openly exchanging thoughts, messages, information and ideas throughout the College." Examples of activities and events by which the Steering Committee and teams communicated developments in the self-study process with the larger campus and community are listed below.

Spring/Summer 2007
Focus groups held on mission of the College.

DACC Board of Trustees (April 28, 2007)
DACC Foundation Board (August 23, 2007)
Labor Management Council (September 2007)

Fall 2007
Employee Survey and Mission Statement Survey administered to full-time faculty and staff at October in-service.

Employee Survey and Mission Statement Survey administered at Part-time Faculty Academy (October).

Mission Statement Survey administered to Advisories (Accounting, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood, Fire Science, Marketing, Nursing). (October-December).

Student Survey administered to 200 students.

Spring 2008
Criterion One Team took four recommendations to full-time faculty and staff at in-service (January). (Revise mission statement, modify vision statement, add diversity to core values, add General Education Outcomes to mission documents). Approved all four.

Criterion One Team took four recommendations to Board of Trustees. Approved January 22, 2008.

Fall 2008
Leadership Team and new timeline shared at in-service for full-time and Part-time Faculty Academy (August).

Criterion One Team submitted a definition of diversity and example statements to all employees and students via e-mail and asked for input (September).

Criterion One Team revised definition of diversity and example statements based on input (September).

Criterion One Team took two recommendations to in-service for full-time faculty and staff (definition of diversity and example statements, change "key stakeholder groups" in other core values to "those we serve"). (October). Approved both.

Criterion One Team took two recommendations to Part-time Faculty Academy (October). Approved both.

Criterion One Team took two recommendations to advisories in Business and Technology,Liberal Arts, and Math and Science (October/November). Approved both.

Criterion One Team took two recommendations to students via Counseling, Developmental Education, Business and Technology, Liberal Arts, and Math and Science (October/November). Approved both.Criterion One Team took two recommendations to Board of Trustees (December 16,2008). Approved both.

Spring 2009
Commercials and Draft of Executive Summary shared at in-service with full-time faculty and staff. Challenges prioritized. (January).

Commercials and Draft of Executive Summary shared at Part-time Faculty Academy. Challenged prioritized. (January).

Submitted Draft of the Request for Institutional Change to the Board of Trustees to keep them informed as well as to give them an opportunity for input. (January).

Posted notice inviting third-party comment in the spring/summer 209 course schedule that was mailed to the 49,000 residential addresses in the district, in the February 8, 2009, issues of the two newspapers that serve the district, and on the College website.

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