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Tuesday, March 11 Accreditation Update
you know what accreditation is?
Accreditation is a
voluntary process of self-regulation and peer review adopted by the
educational community more than 100 years ago. Institutions of higher
education have voluntarily entered into associations to evaluate each other
in accord with an institution’s stated goals.
Most accreditation is institutional, meaning an entire college is
accredited. This gives credibility to the college as a whole. This type of
accreditation can be given by either a “regional accreditation agency” or a
“national accreditation agency.” The U.S. is divided into six regions - each with a regional accrediting
body. The one for Maryland is the Middle States Association of Colleges and
and programmatic accreditation: Certain specialized professional
programs are accredited independently of their parent institution. There
are specialized accrediting bodies for these programs—such as the
International Association for Management Education and the Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
to view BCCCs official Statement of Accreditation from
the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Are you Ready?
Are you prepared for our upcoming Middle States visit March
23-26? If you answer NO to
any of the questions below, it's time to get moving...
I have attended a Middle States Readiness
I have cleaned my office and surrounding
My bulletin boards are tidy and all
information is current.
My instructional spaces are clean, neat,
and all furniture is in good repair.
I have read the Middle States Self-Study
document and know how
the Standards relate to me and the job I do at the College.
If you find that you are not ready for the Middle States
visit, here are a few things you can do immediately:
Attend a Middle States Readiness
Workshop. There are at least two per
week. Look at the schedule posted in the Daily News.
If you need assistance with preparing your
physical/instructional spaces, call Patrick Word in Facilities at
The Middle States Self-Study is posted in
the Daily News; take time to read the document and know how it
relates to you and your area.
For more information relative to Middle States contact Dr.
Tonja L. Ringgold, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Accreditation Liaison Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Let's Be Middle
Middle States Accreditation
11 Days and Counting. Last Minute Needs?
than two weeks until the Middle States Accreditation site visit March
Come show your
school spirit before the upcoming Middle States Accreditation visit! Join
staff, faculty and students as we
Re-affirmation, Wednesday, March 19 from noon to 2 p.m.
in the Physical Education Center. Don’t miss the Frederick Douglass High
School Marching Band perform. You are encouraged to wear a red top to show
your Panther pride. Click here to view the event
Today’s Homework Assignment: Study for Middle States!
Board of Trustees approved updated Strategic Plan can be accessed here. Congratulations to all faculty and staff who
contributed to this success! This is a key step in preparing for the
upcoming site visit by the team from the Middle States Commission on Higher
Education taking place March 23-26.
take the time to make yourself familiar with the Self-Study the College has
submitted to the Commission in advance of the visit. Click here to view the
Middle States Readiness Workshops: Now in Session
faculty and staff are encouraged to attend a Middle States readiness
workshop before the Middles States Commission on Higher Education visits
the BCCC campus
March 23-26. A workshop will be
held today, March 11 in Gaare Auditorium. Professional development credit
is available to all attendees. Times and locations for all upcoming
workshops can be viewed below:
Today, March 11
11 a.m. - Noon
– 4 p.m.
– 1 p.m.
a.m. - Noon
a.m. - Noon
– 1 p.m.
Human Resources Tuesday Tip: Engage
Your Employees in 2014
believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person - not
just an employee - are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled.
Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to
profitability." Anne Mulcahy
employees means to have them recognize that they benefit from the success
of the organization. Once they consider themselves partners in the
organization, they will become better employees.
- Communicate Expectations Clearly and Consistently
- Let employees know the
vision of the organization, as well as your goals and expectation.
- Listen to the Needs of Employees - Act upon employee concern whenever
possible. If you cannot, then let the employee know why.
This demonstrates that you take the employee's concern seriously
even if you cannot implement a policy to address the concern.
- Give Feedback on a Regular Basis - This is an opportunity to
update your employees of their performance; but in order to
motivate, offer more positives than negatives.
- Maintain Positive Employee
Relationships - Employees work harder for their superiors when
they have a good report with them.
- Invest in Employees - Whether you provide them with
the latest technology to make their work easier or provide them with
training opportunities to build upon their skills, demonstrate your
dedication to them.
Engaged employees care about the future of the organization
and are willing to invest their discretionary effort into the success of
of Competitive Solutions, Inc.
BCCC Transfer Fair – Today!
that time of year again: the BCCC Transfer Fair will be held
in the Student Atrium. There will be two sessions: the first from 10 a.m.
to 1 p.m., followed by a second session from 5 to 7 p.m.. All faculty and
staff are asked to wear gear from their alma mater. Representing your
college/university will show our students how important the college
experience is. Click here to view an event
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Public Safety Forum:
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore, and Anthony W. Batts, Police
Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, for the Public Safety
Forum tomorrow, March 12 at 7 p.m at Frederick Douglass High School
(2301 Gynns Falls Parkway). The forum will kick off the Public Safety Town
Hall Tour, which will feature ten public safety forums covering each of
Baltimore’s police districts. Come out and be heard! Click here to view an event flyer.
TOMORROW: Presidential Search Community Forums
The Board of Trustees is
sponsoring a series of open forums at the Business and Continuing Education
Division (BCED) and the Liberty Campus tomorrow, March 12. These
forums will provide another opportunity to offer input into the challenges
and opportunities facing BCCC and to provide information on the qualities
and characteristics you are looking for in a new president. All members of
the College community are encouraged to attend and offer input. Our
search consultants from the Association of Community College Trustees
(ACCT) will facilitate the discussions.
ACBSP Site Visit in Six Days!
of the Business and Technology Department’s programs are accredited by the
Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Programs
are reaffirmed every 10 years.
of the ACBSP site team will be on-campus to validate the information
submitted in the B&T Self-Study document March 16-19.
Click here to access the
document. Please take a moment to become familiar with the document and be
prepared to respond to questions, should the site visit team have any for
you or your area.
Real Talk Series:
Domestic & Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Campus
Join the Student Life and
Judicial Affairs offices, Department of Public Safety and SGA for Domestic
& Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Campus Safety, the latest
installment in the Real Talk series.
The presentation will be tomorrow,
March 12 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Gaare Auditorium. Light
refreshments will be served. Click here to
view an event flyer.
Spring Into Health Fair – Next Week!
in conjunction with Total Health Fairs, will host a Health Fair Wednesday,
March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Wing Atrium. Local
vendors will exhibit numerous health-related products and services
promoting mental, physical and spiritual wellness. The event will also
feature a food truck selling gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and free
massages, health screenings and raffles. One hour of professional
development credit will be given to attendees. Click here to view an event
For Your Students in Need of Credits!
BCCC announces a new online
environmental science course for non-science majors! ES110 - a 3-credit
course offered during Accelerated II - begins Monday, March 24. The last
day of classes is May 25. Students must have access to a computer
connected to the Internet, must be computer literate, and, if taking an
online course for the first time, attend orientation.
Have your student meet with an advisor and register
today! All persons signing up for the course will become automatic members
of the BCCC Environmental Science Club (pictured).
ES110 involves the study of the fundamental physical, biological and
ecological principles of environmental science. The course will review
cause-and-effect relationships underlying environmental issues. Topics
focus on understanding how the world works at the level of the natural
environment, how the natural environment regenerates natural resources and
how this generative capacity is being affected by human activities. For
more information, contact Professors Richard Danforth (410-637-3804) or
Wendweson Fikire (410-462-8462).
EEO Training for Directors, Supervisors & Managers
up to speed on various federal and state non-discrimination laws and how
they apply to you. Learn your role as a member of the management team on
how to properly handle and enforce such laws. Included are the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and more. Review the information
below on upcoming training dates and times! The next and final training
session is Thursday, March 20. The session is limited to 20
Campus, Fine Arts Wing - Mini Conference Center
contact Ms. Nicole Webb, HR Compliance Officer, at email@example.com to RSVP for a specific date.
Regular Payroll Schedule for FY 2014
regular payroll schedule for FY 2014 is shown below. Timesheets must be
submitted by 3 p.m. on the due date.
4A Program Updates:
Self-Discovery & Personal Growth Workshop
the 4A Program Thursday, March 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 256 of
the Main Building for for the Self-Discovery & Personal Growth
Workshop. Attendees will learn about self-improvement and how to improve
self-awareness and build on personal strengths.
Coming Later This Month: Black Men Speak Conference
4A Program will host its first Black Men Speak Conference
from noon to 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre. Come hear panelists speak
about topics ranging from fatherhood, spirituality and black men’s roles in
the family to media’s perception of black men, sports and civic
responsibility. Click here to learn more.
Check Out the Citizenship Program on Facebook!
in learning more about what’s happening with the BCCC Citizenship
Preparation Program? Head over to its Facebook
updates about the program. Be sure to like the page and share it with your
BCCC Math Awareness Week: April 2-9
you know? April is Math Awareness Month! Help celebrate by taking part in
the Mathematics & Engineering Department’s Math Awareness Week April
2-9. Activities will include the sixth annual Math Fair, taking place
Wednesday, April 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Mini Conference Center. Click here for more
E-Learning Reminder: iPads in Your
to add iPads to your class experience, but unsure of where to start?
Click here to access a guide
created by the E-Learning Department for ideas of how to use iPads with
your students. Learn more about different apps and how you can use them to
make your course interactive and exciting.
first ten faculty to contact the E-Learning Department will have the
opportunity to borrow an iPad for a week to learn more about how it works
and how to incorporate it into their students’ learning.
Be in the Know: Register for e2Campus
in the know about College closings and delayed openings with e2Campus!
registration form here and check the BCCC website for
weather related closings and delays.
Life Sciences Building Update: Fourth Floor Now Open
fourth floor labs of the Life Sciences Building are now open. All students
should go to the fourth floor for their scheduled labs. Biology 102 lab
students should go to Room 409.
Click here to access
current information for all Life Sciences Building moves for the upcoming
semester. Work continues on the building and more information should be
remember that there is no parking permitted under the LSB during
construction. Those who park there will be ticketed and towed immediately!
Tell Your Students: Legendary Academy Info Sessions
any of your students looking for a job? Be sure to tell them about the
Legendary Academy, a two-day class designed to provide further information
about the Horseshoe Casino opening in Baltimore later this year. There will
be six sessions held through April. This class will teach attendees more
about the Horseshoe Casino brand, its hiring requirements and the current
job opportunities available. Those who attend the Legendary Academy will
receive special hiring consideration.
Click here to learn more,
including when the six sessions will take place and how to RSVP.
Business and Finance: Checks Received
to the College’s Cash Management Procedures, any checks made out to
Baltimore City Community College must be given to General Accounting for
processing. Please do not bring any checks to the Cashier’s window.
Failure to comply with established procedures may result in an audit
finding for the College. If you have any questions, please contact the
General Accounting/Bursar’s Office.
Office-Main Building, Room 51C
Pavilion, Room 228
Pavilion, Room 237