Cuesta College keeps accreditation

February 15, 2013

cuesta pressCuesta College retained its accreditation, overcoming its 2012 placement by a community college commission on the most serious possible sanction.

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.


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So Cuesta has no new addtional money, classes again have been cut this year, no reduced staff an yet their are showing glowing stars in resolving their crisis. Smells like a scam in Robin Hood style. Cuesta will be coming looking for a bond because that is the only thing that will save this inadept school. As an alumni, I have stopped my donations as this school is now just an arm of Cal Poly and offers few trade school. jorneymen training classes. They are too focused in helping the Cal Poly students meet their minimum requirements, dance, weight lifting, sports, and basic classes for entrance into Cal Poly. Compare Cuesta to Hancock and you can see what a real Community College Campus looks like.

The unspoken truth and coup de grace is that you are forced to pay taxes to make it run.

That means your “support” is involuntary, and therefore, the tax is confiscatory.

As Bastiat put it, “It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.”

This is a tacit admission that they can’t make it under normal market conditions. But if that is true, then why in the world would anybody in his right mind want to support such an albatross?

One has to understand that this set up destroys the whole relationship between the consumer and the producer and lengthens the time preferences of the consumers beyond all reason. Why should a consumer who is disatisfied with the service and does not even use it have to continue to pay the tax to support it? That’s crazy!

They say that education is “important,” and, so it is. Well, eating is important, too. So, how would you like it if the government opened up a county grocery store and taxed you to support it whether you used it or not?

If it did, people would be out screaming about the monopoly privileges and unfair competition, and they would be totally in the right to do so.

If that is so, then why are not those same people out screaming about the monopoly privileges and unfair competition of the government schools?

Privatize them and the education market will take care of itself, the same as other markets will do if not sabotaged by government interventionism.

Well, what this means is that:

1. The personnel that run and control Cuesta College will not change – but aren’t hey the ones that

put in place (or fostered) the practices that got the college in trouble? Reward the guilty!

2. These same ‘administrators’ will now be further rewarded with huge salary and/or benefit

increases. Why?

Lesson: It is perfectly OK to screw up your job – then scurry around for 2+ years to fix what you screwed up – and then get bonuses, salary increases, benefits for doing that.

Wouldn’t we all like to work for organizations or companies that did it this way? Great lesson!

And we wonder why our country, state, county, and cities are going to H–L in a handbasket!