Cuesta College accreditation reaffirmed
July 4, 2008
By KAREN VELIE
Cuesta College officials learned Wednesday the institution has been removed from warning status and that its accreditation has been fully reaffirmed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).
“With all the changes we have made, we are definitely headed in a positive direction,” said Cuesta College media relations coordinator Jill Ivie. “We are looking forward to the future.”
The commission made its decision based on the results of a progress report and an April 27 on-site visit.
In January, the ACCJC placed Cuesta College on warning and informed campus administrators Cuesta could lose its accreditation if a number of problems that included staffing and student processing issues were not solved. At that time, the commission noted that six of 10 senior administrative positions were vacant.
“All positions have been filled, or are in the hiring process,” Ivie added.
Located six miles north of San Luis Obispo, Cuesta provides approximately 10,000 students with vocational training and various Associate degree programs. If accreditation was revoked, course credits would no longer be transferable to other colleges and universities, and students would be unable to collect financial aid.
Two years ago, the Commission on the Future of Higher Education imposed strict reporting guidelines as a condition of federal student aid eligibility. During the past year, at least 14 cash-strapped California community colleges have been placed on probation or warning status as a result of federal mandates.