ACCJCAccrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
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As the WSJ report would indicate, with the exception of ACCJC, accrediting commissions are more frequently criticized for failing to act than for being overly punitive.
At CCSF, faculty say that when the ACCJC threatened to revoke the school's accreditation, many students dropped out because they assumed that the school would automatically shut down.
Ewell, vice president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), the legal imbroglio surrounding CCSF and ACCJC is a sign of how difficult it can be for accrediting agencies to effect change at the institutions they monitor, due to "contrary legal action.
Boggs is well-versed in accreditation issues, having been a member and former chair of the ACCJC while serving as superintendent/president of Palomar College in California.
The seven regional accreditors are all feeling this pressure, but I believe ACCJC is taking the federal direction most literally and most strictly.
We are pleased to see that ACCJC recognized the significant progress that we have made over this past year," said Al Nederhood, President of Brooks College.
In 2006, City College received full accreditation from ACCJC without any sanctions, says Killikelly.
The ACCJC accreditation process provides assurance to the public that the accredited member colleges meet the Standards; the education earned at the institutions is of value to the student who earned it; and employers, trade or profession-related licensing agencies, and other colleges and universities can accept a student's credential as legitimate.
According to Drummond's office, ACCJC found a "dysfunctional governing board" and "continued inadequacy of administrative staff," among other things, at the beleaguered college, prompting the derision to revoke its accreditation.
The press release went on to say that, while La Marr's board submitted requests to ACCJC to review the loss of accreditation, the agency recognized only the original board's request.
The commission informed each college of the warning status in January and asked that the colleges work with the University of Hawaii System in addressing the commission's recommendations for improvement, ACCJC Executive Director Barbara Beno said.
Warning status, the mildest form of sanction brought by the commission, is imposed when it has found that a college "has pursued a course of action which deviates from the Commission's eligibility criteria, standards of accreditation, or policy to an extent that raises a concern regarding the ability of the institution to meet accreditation standards," according to the January ACCJC letters to the community colleges' chancellors.