Fiscal Tools

Operational Standards Self-Assessment for California Community College Districts

FCMAT has developed an Operational Standards Self-Assessment tool to help California community college districts best serve their respective communities within the conventional funding provided by state law and other traditional ongoing resources. FCMAT has ensured that the 107 questions in the operational standards are generally aligned with the four overarching Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) standards for two reasons:

  1. Districts are familiar with the structure, verbiage and criteria.
  2. Districts have identified leadership responsible for each standard.

Although this tool follows the ACCJC format, and many of the questions are related to a specific ACCJC standard, it is not intended to address every standard or modify the intent of the accreditation process.

The operational standards will help a district identify areas of the institution that make it unique but that may not be affordable and could therefore contribute to its fiscal distress. The findings that result from the questions should be further investigated by a district so that it can be aligned more closely with the operational intent of statewide funding for California community colleges.

The standards are broken into the following sections:

Section Questions
1 Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, and Institutional Integrity 12
2 Student Learning Programs and Support Services 27
3 Resources 41
4 Leadership and Governance 27
Total 107

Operational Standards Self-Assessment for California Community College Districts


The Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team’s (FCMAT’s) primary mission is to help California’s local K-14 educational agencies identify, prevent and resolve financial, operational and data management challenges by providing management assistance and professional learning opportunities.

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