California community colleges facing accreditation problems
July 22, 2013
An increasing number of California community colleges are struggling to maintain their accreditation. [LA Times]
This month, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges announced its plan to revoke the accreditation of the City College of San Francisco in 2014 and placed eight other campuses on warning status.
Cuesta College is one of thirteen California community colleges currently on warning status, which is the least severe of three warning levels prior to revocation of accreditation. If a campus loses accreditation, its students lose their transfer credits.
Prior to placing Cuesta on warning status in February, the commission placed Cuesta in the “show cause” category, which is the most severe level of warning.
Currently, only one community college in the state is on show cause status — College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Five other colleges are on probationary status, the second most severe warning level.
Despite the passage of Proposition 30 in 2012, many educators are pointing to budget cutbacks as reason for the growing accreditation problem.
California has 112 community colleges with a total of 2.4 million students. The state’s community college system is the largest in the nation.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges is based in Novato and is one of seven private panels sanctioned by the federal government to award or terminate accreditation.