Grand jury rejects claims of mismanagement at Hancock College

December 22, 2021

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury recently released a report rejecting allegations of widespread mismanagement at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.

Earlier this year, the grand jury received a detailed complaint about the governance of Hancock College. The complaint contained allegations of financial mismanagement, grade manipulation and a difficult work environment involving inappropriate hiring, promotion and personnel evaluation practices, according to the grand jury report.

Among other accusations, complainants alleged financial mismanagement pertaining to a college program of providing emergency loans to disadvantaged students, as well as manipulation of grades issued to high school students taking Hancock College classes. Upon investigating, the grand jury found misunderstandings about the programs, but not mismanagement and manipulation.

Likewise, members of the grand jury observed that aspects of the alleged difficult work environment, such as disagreements over budgeting and staffing, did not appear to be out of the ordinary at an institution with 500 to 1,000 employees.

The grand jury did not find systemic support for the allegations in the complaint. However, it is recommending new evaluation and reporting measures to improve overall transparency in the management of Hancock College.


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obispan

I know of someone in a teaching position at Hancock who is a complete imbecile and fraud, and that’s not just me, we are all amazed at how he works the system for top $$$. Glad to share further info.


obispan

Yeah, Allan Hancock College is a fraud. Fully unqualified instructors, even department heads, slopping at the trough. Feel free to contact me for details.


Jorge Estrada

If the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury did the oversight, who knows, maybe the results would have been different?


kayaknut

Why,the SLO county Grand Jury has no power. They found John Wallace was a crook but they could do nothing about it and our DA let Wallace keep the money he stole.


Jorge Estrada

Just reflecting on local history, it took the FBI to start the cleanse on our local issues.