Cuesta College keeps accreditation
February 15, 2013
By retaining its accreditation, Cuesta ensures, at least temporarily, that other colleges and universities will continue to accept its students’ transfer credits.
Cuesta officials announced Thursday that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges removed the school from the show-cause status and placed it on warning, the least severe level of sanction. The commission said in Feb. 11 letter that Cuesta fully resolved most deficiencies discovered in 2012, but still must resolve some remaining issues in the coming months.
In February 2012, the accrediting commission cited Cuesta for deficiencies in institutional planning and assessment, technology resources and financial planning and stability. This year the commission said that Cuesta has maintained compliance with financial and technological standards, but it must do more to assess its planning cycle.
Cuesta College President Gil Stork said he was very encouraged by the accrediting commission report.
“This response by the commission is a great vote of confidence,” Stork said. “The response from faculty, administration, staff, student and community partners over the past 12 months has been nothing short of spectacular.”
Cuesta must submit a follow-up report to the accrediting commission by mid-October. An evaluation team will then visit the campus in the fall, and a 19-member commission will decide in January 2014 whether to lift Cuesta’s remaining sanction.